Top Pitcher "Phil-Ins" for the New York Yankees

Nick Santa MariaContributor IMay 1, 2011

Top Pitcher "Phil-Ins" for the New York Yankees

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03:  Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    It is very troubling to hear that Phil Hughes may have thoracic outlet syndrome, which will likely end his season. 

    Many have bounced back from this career-changing injury (Kenny Rogers and Matt Harrison), and some have not (Jeremy Bonderman). 

    Let's hope Hughes' injury is not too serious, and he comes back to full form soon.

    For now, here's some potential pitchers the Yankees should use to "phil" in for Hughes.

Edwin Jackson

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 07: Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson #33 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Tampa Bay Rays during the home opener at U.S. Cellular Field on April 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Rays 5-1. (Pho
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    I may not be the biggest Edwin Jackson fan, but he would be a solid acquisition for the Yankees at the deadline. 

    Jackson is usually lights out—or bad. He strikes out a ton of batters, but usually gives up four to five runs per start.

    If he was in New York, he could probably still give up four or five and come away cleanly with the victory. At the right price, Jackson could be a very big candidate to acquire.

    Behind CC, he leads the free agent pitching class after the 2011 season.

    Which team is next for Edwin Jackson?

Manny Banuelos

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    Manny Banuelos is the future ace of the New York Yankees.

    At only 20 years old, he plays for the Trenton Thunder and could be getting called up to Triple-A. Now this should be a last resort for the New York Yankees. You shouldn't rush a 20-year-old pitcher into the big leagues. They should really take the Felix Hernadez approach.

    However, if Banuelos continues to play like he plays in the minors, a call-up in August wouldn't be such a a bad idea. 

    He may only stand at 5'11" and weigh 150 pounds, but his fastball is scary good.

    Let's hope Banuelos can keep his good work up and become the next great ace in baseball. 

Wandy Rodriguez

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    KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros poses for a portrait Spring Training photo Day at Osceola County Stadium  on February 24, 2011 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Since 2010, it has been rumored that the Yankees have had a strong interest in Wandy Rodriguez. I don't blame them.

    Like Jackson, Rodriguez can be extremely good or "bad." In New York, he can also give up four or five, and still come away with a victory. He would be taking a huge leap into a tough division, but I still think he would be an okay aquisition. The only thing stopping this deal is his contract with the Astros.

    This past offseason he signed a three-year, $34 million dollar contract extension. I doubt the Astros would get rid of him this quickly since he is one of the best pitchers on the staff. 

    It will be interesting to see if he lands in New York. I doubt it though.

Andrew Brackman

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Andrew Brackman #66 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait on Photo Day at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 23, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    I wrote how Brackman could be an option in a previous article. 

    Standing at 6'10", he is an intimidating opponent on the mound. According to many, he is ready for the major leagues. 

    I'd prefer him in the bullpen to start him out, which would probably be the most logical choice. He does indeed have the potential to start this year.

    He may not start, but he would definitely be a plus to the bullpen for the Yankees. 

Brett Myers

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 12:  Pitcher Brett Myers #39 of the Houston Astros throws against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 12, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Wandy Rodriguez's teammate should also be on the Yankees' radar.

    Brett Myers was very good in 2010. I realize it is a new season, but this factor should come into play. He logged over 200 innings and an ERA of about three. He ranked in the top 10 in the Cy Young Award race. This is the type of pitcher the Yankees should have at No. 2 or 3.

    Instead of asking about Oswalt, the Yankees should have asked about Myers last season at the trade deadline. Could he be on the move in 2011?

    I'd love it. He has to shave that beard if he wants to play in the Bronx, though.

Jonathan Sanchez

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    This deal would make a lot of sense for the Yankees and maybe also the Giants.

    The Yankees would love to have another nice lefty pitcher in the rotation. The Giants have been desperately looking for a right-handed bat. Could it be Montero?

    Many may strongly oppose this deal and rightfully so. The Giants would be losing a key starter to their staff, and the Yankees would be losing their top prospect and more. 

    I'd like to hear what others think about this deal. Post a fair deal for Sanchez in the comments.

    This would be much easier if it was fantasy baseball.

Chad Billingsley

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 06:  Starting pitcher Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 6, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Another deal that could potentially make sense for both teams.

    Similar to the Sanchez deal, it would cost Montero and maybe some smaller name pitching prospects. The Dodgers would definitely like to add a young catcher like Montero over Barajas, but they need all the pitching they have.

    He's the most reliable pitcher behind Kershaw and one of the better pitchers in the NL West.

    This would most likely never get done, but it would be interesting to at least consider.

Bartolo Colon

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    TORONTO, ON - APRIL 20:  Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch during their game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 20, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    Ride the wave my friends.

    Bartolo Colon has been excellent so far. If Colon and Garcia can keep up the strong starts for most of the season, Brian Cashman will look like a genius.

    He's 38 years old and is miraculously pitching fantastically. The only concern here is if Colon can pitch 30 starts. No one knows if he'll break down at all.

    Right now, the Yankees will keep him in the rotation, and I don't blame them at all. 


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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees walks off the field after being pulled in the fifth inning of Game Six of the ALCS against the Texas Rangers during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22,
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    No one knows who truly will break down this season in the Yankee rotation. Will it be Colon or Garcia? Will it be Nova?

    Or will nobody break down? 

    I wanted to introduce potential pitchers for the Yankees to acquire at the deadline, while also throwing in some interesting options. 

    I hope everyone enjoyed reading, and best of luck to all of your favorite teams in the upcoming week.