Jon Heyman of SI.com is reporting that the Yankees will inquire about Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay. The Yankees are interested in adding a starting pitcher this season, and have looked into free agents like John Lackey and Aroldis Chapman. However, both players demands are expected to soar as interest increases.
The Yankees hope that adding another pitcher will give them more stability at the bottom of their rotation, which was occupied by Segio Mitre and Chad Gaudin for a chunk of the season.
Halladay would certainly do the job of fortifying that rotation, giving the Yankees one of the best 1-2-3 combinations in baseball. However, at what cost?
Phil Hughes put up great numbers in the bullpen this past season, and could be an option for the rotation next season. If the Yankees are more inclined to go after a veteran like Halladay, than Hughes could be the key piece of that deal.
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Guys like Zach McAllister or Andrew Brackman could also be guys on the move.
I'd be surprised to see the Yankees make a move for a big time starter like Roy Halladay. Going after a pitcher like Kevin Millwood, who is also coming into a contract year, would allow the Yankees to keep Phil Hughes and to develop him into the starter they think he can be.
Other pitchers they could look into include: Carlos Zambrano, Javier Vazquez, and Brandon Webb, among others.