Hefty Lefty: Andy Pettite Leaning towards retirement

Both New York baseball teams are in dire need of starting pitching. With LHP Andy Pettite leaning towards retirement, the Yankees rotation is extremeley vulnerable. If Pettite does indeed retire, the yankees rotation looks like this:
C.C. Sabathia
Phil Hughes

A.J. Burnett
Ivan Nova

…I am worried if I am a Yankees fan, to have to put A.J. Burnett(10-15) into the third spot of a rotation, is very worrysome if they plan to contend with a rotation like that of the Redsox…

The Yankees are interested in Free Agent injury risks, Jeremy Bonderman, Jeff Francis, Chris Young and according to Jerry Crasnick of Espnnewyork.com, Justin Duchscherer.

“Duchscherer, 33, has a career record of 33-25 with a 3.13 ERA in eight seasons with the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers. He made the American League All-Star team as a reliever with Oakland in 2005 and again as a starter in 2008.Duchscherer, who suffered from clinical depression during his time in Oakland and ultimately overcame his struggles, has thrown only 28 innings over the past two seasons because of a variety of injuries. It’s uncertain whether the Yankees are looking at Duchscherer as a starter or a reliever. With Andy Pettitte reportedly leaning toward retirement, New York’s projected starting rotation currently consists of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova in the first four spots, with a multitude of candidates for the fifth spot.” -Jerry Crasnick, ESPNnewyork.com

The New York Mets also have interest in many of the same pitchers the Mets are interested in, Jeff Francis, Chris Young and reports are today Dave Bush.

“Add Dave Bush to the list of free-agent starters on the Mets’ radar. J.P. Ricciardi was with the Blue Jays when team drafted Bush in the second round in 2002. Bush’s velocity dipped about 2 mph last year, but he was second on the Brewers’ staff to Randy Wolf with 18 quality starts.”- Jerry Crasnick, ESPNnewyork.com

…Jon Heyman reported today that the Mets will not spend more than two million dollars on any contract, and therefore will not be able to sign a guy like Jeff Francis. I am happy with that, I dont see the Mets signing Francis anyway, they got their lefthander in Chris Capuano earlier last week, I think they will now try and bring in Chris Young, for a similar deal that Capuano got. 1.5 million dollar base contract with intense incentives. Then Young, Capuano, Dillon Gee, and Pat Misch can battle it out for the 4th and 5th spots in the rotation.
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