Yankees Like Harden

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Yankees are reportedly looking for a starting pitcher, and have been scouting Joe Blanton and Rich Harden all spring. Harden isn't having the best spring, but is healthy, and is very good pitcher. He went 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA in seven games last season, but is 31-18 with a 3.60 ERA in his career. He would be very good for the Yankees considering they have a lot more offensive run support, but I am not sure the Yankees would give up what the Athletics will ask for. I assume the A's would ask for Alan Horne, Jeff Marquez, and maybe Jose Tabata. I think that would do it, but its a steep price to pay for oft-injured pitcher who has a career high eleven wins. The Yankees will likely make a trade for a pitcher this season, but I doubt it happens before Opening Day.

Nationals to send IF to Baltimore?: The Orioles have been heavily scouting the Nationals infielders in hopes that they will trade for one of them when Brian Roberts is finally traded to Cubs. My guess is it will be Felipe Lopez, but it is premature.