It seems that one of the major options to fill the rotation hole soon to be created by Joba Chamberlain’s inning limits has been snapped up by Detroit. In a strange move from a team that needed a bat a lot more than it needed an arm, Detroit has reportedly snapped up the 35 year old lefty, for prospects Luke French and Mauricio Robles. The Yankees were clearly not entirely sold on Washburn, because that is an offer that they certainly could have beaten without it hurting too much.
One guy that I think would be a good fit is Justin Duchscherer of the A’s:
Justin Duchscherer took a step forward in his comeback from the disabled list, throwing two perfect innings with two strikeouts Sunday in a rehab outing with Class A Stockton.
It was the first game this season for Duchscherer, who has been sidelined while recovering from elbow surgery and back problems. Next up is a Friday start with Triple-A Sacramento.
Duchscherer seems on track to return by mid-August. He could be part of a six-man A’s rotation, or he could start out in the bullpen to keep building arm strength.
Or, he could be wearing a different uniform.
He is a guy with a 3.14 career ERA with experience starting and relieving. He would give the Yankees incredible flexibility in terms of dealing with Joba Chamberlain, as he is another guy who can be shuttled back and forth between roles to accommodate team needs. As Buster Olney points out:
He has been often hurt in his career, but when Duchscherer is active and pitching, he usually fares pretty well, whether as a starter or a reliever. The 31-year-old has had four seasons of 55.2 or more innings, and his ERA has never been higher than 3.27 in those seasons. Twice he has made All-Star teams: once as a reliever, and once as a starting pitcher, most recently in 2008.
Seems like a nice low buy option. What do you think?