Brian Cashman seems to be on a serious run in looking for starting pitching help. He's already discussed Ian Kennedy with the Padres and now he's reportedly in discussions with the Rockies about Jorge de la Rosa as well. Who knows how deep these discussions are going since Jim Bowden also reported they were discussing trading Ian Clarkin and Eric Jagielo for IPK, but we'll have to wait and see.
If those two names came up for 1.5 years of Kennedy, then you have to imagine that only a few months of de la Rosa, who is a free agent after this year, is going to cost the Yankees a lot less. Since they've already traded for Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley for relatively nothing, it would make no sense to trade actual top prospects for either of these pitchers. I have to assume the Padres asked about them and the Yankees said LOLno, so de la Rosa shouldn't require much.
This year, the lefty is pitching to a 4.19 ERA and 4.32 FIP in 116 innings, and while that might not be very impressive, he does pitch in hitter-friendly Coors Field and is still less homer prone than Kennedy has been over their careers. The Yankees just made a deal with the Rockies earlier today by acquiring Chris Capuano from them for cash. Perhaps Cashman and Daniel O`Dowd had plenty more to talk about after they agreed to the Capuano deal.