At the moment, the Yankees starting rotation contains a rookie, a replacement-level pitcher, and A.J. Burnett. Javier Vazquez has pitched poorly and is in the bullpen (at least temporarily), and Phil Hughes probably has an innings limit somewhere in his short-term future.
And so when asked about whether he'd be making any waiver claims on a starting pitcher, specifically one on Hiroki Kuroda, Brian Cashman had this to say:
I'd be hard-pressed to find a pitcher on the waiver wire who can pitch better for us than Dustin Moseley has
In other news, the Yankees' GM apparantly has a bad glue-sniffing habit.
Realistically, the chances of anybody good sliding down to the Yankees through waivers are pretty slim. And they aren't going to put a claim in for somebody like Randy Wolf who isn't very good and is owed a lot of money. And I'm fine with that.
But since when has Moseley been doing a good job? Surely, Cashman wasn't thinking about his 5.97 FIP, 1.8 home runs allwed per 9 innings, or nearly 1:1 K/BB ratio when he said that. Or that fact that the bullpen needs to get nearly 10 outs every time he starts. Moseley isn't "gritty", and he doesn't "know how to win"; he is a replacement level pitcher riding a string of good fortune that is bound to give out at some point. Just like Shawn Chacon, Aaron Small, and Darrell Rasner. In case you forgot, Rasner had a pretty 3.64 ERA through 8 starts in 2008, and he "knew how to win" so well that he wound up in Japan the next season.
Listen, the Yankees are going to make the playoffs, and by October, Andy Pettitte should be healthy, but today, every starter outside of CC Sabathia has question marks of some sort,. If you're Brian Cashman, with nearly unlimited funds matched with nearly unlimited expectations, don't you have to at least try to improve the team in times like these? Spending money on Plan B and Plan C is what the Yankees are supposed to do.
- River Avenue Blues reasses the Javy Vazquez trade 3/4th of the way through the season, and this pretty much sums it up:
(T)his deal appears to hinge on Boone Logan and Arodys Vizcaino. Who would have expected that?
- It's About The Money sheds some light on their though process for Derek Jeter's contract negotiations this offseason. Frankly, I see Rush Limbaugh endorsing Barack Obama for president before I see Jeter signing with another team.