Monday, June 23, 2014

NY Post's Sherman: Yankees Can't Acquire Samardzija or Price

For years, it has been a well-known fact to us all that the Yankees aren't a team with a strong farm system. 

While the recent emergence of Gary Sanchez has helped them a little bit, the Yanks are clearly still a club who'll make their splash in free agency, something some of their fans seem to have a hard time grasping.

Fortunately for us, the New York Post's Joel Sherman isn't one of those people, saying in an article published yesterday that indications are the Yanks likely can't acquire this year's most coveted starting pitchers.

"Indications are they cannot go to the top of the available-starter food chain," Sherman writes when referring to Jeff Samardzija and David Price. "(Therefore) the Yankees might have to shoot lower for pitchers such as the White Sox’s John Danks, the Cubs’ Jason Hammel, or the Padres’ Ian Kennedy."

While Danks and Kennedy are both solid arms who'd likely replace the struggling Vidal Nuno nicely, Chicago's Hammel is probably the best available option, as he is a veteran with experience in the AL East.

In 2012 and 2013, Hammel went 15-14 as a Baltimore Oriole, recording solid ERAs of 3.43 and 4.97 during his two seasons with the team. 

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