The Yankees’ search for pitching is now underway.
According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees GM Brian Cashman placed a call Friday to agent Bob Garber, who represents two of this winter’s top available starters: right-hander Roy Oswalt and left-hander C.J Wilson.
The interest in Wilson comes as no surprise, but previous reports about Oswalt suggested that the Yankees were too frightened by his chronic back problems to make a legitimate run at the veteran righty. Maybe those reports were incorrect. Or maybe Cashman is simply covering all his bases. Either way, contact has been made.
“I’m in the process of talking with everybody,” Cashman told the Star-Ledger. “That’s the way the routine works. I’m not negotiating or offering anything to anybody right now.”
Oswalt, 34, posted a 3.69 ERA and 93/33 K/BB ratio in 139 innings this season for the Phillies. Wilson, 30, registered a 2.94 ERA and 206/74 K/BB ratio across 223 1/3 innings with the Rangers.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.