When last we heard about Justin Duchscherer he was undergoing season-ending hip surgery. That, combined with the fact that before he went down he was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA over his first five starts makes him the dictionary definition of a high-risk guy with some upside. Worth a cheap flier for someone in need of pitching.
The Yankees need pitching, and Jerry Crasnick reports that they’re interested in him. Could be as a starter, could be as a reliever. Could depend on whether Andy Pettitte decides if he’s coming back.
I like the idea of him in pinstripes better than Jeremy Bonderman or Jeff Francis or guys like that. Seems more likely to keep the ball in the yard than they would. Of course, he’s also way more likely to get hurt and miss a bunch of time too, but that’s the nature of risk.