Yesterday news came out that New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will miss at least six weeks due to an arm injury, if not longer if Tommy John surgery is required. The Chicago Cubs might have dodged a huge bullet when the Yankees outbid them for his services; but could their winning the “Tanaka Sweepstakes” help the Cubs potentially dodge another bullet?
With Tanaka’s status unknown until after the trade deadline, the Yankees might be in the market for a starting pitcher or two. They already lost CC Sabathia, and Tanaka will be another huge blow to an already banged up rotation. They tried to acquire both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel but could not match the package the Oakland Athletics were offering, which included Addison Russell.
Obviously, they would love to work out a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for David Price. But what are the odds the Rays will trade that dominant of a pitcher inside their own division? I would say a deal is a long shot.
That brings me to Edwin Jackson. Sure, he is overpaid and he is having a bad season with the Cubs. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Perhaps a change of scenery would be good for him, and maybe Larry Rothschild will be able to fix Jackson. But you cannot deny the Yankees need pitching and Jackson could fill that role.
The Cubs likely won’t get a good prospect back for him, or maybe they will. Desperate times call for desperate measures after all. Perhaps all the Cubs get is some salary relief. Either way, if I were Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer, I would be on the phone right now with the Yankees and their General Manager Brian Cashman.
I know there are several Cub fans who would be more than happy to pack Jackson’s bags, and either drive him to the airport or all the way to New York.
UPDATE 7/19 8:45 AM: According to Gordo, there were lots of scouts in attendance in Edwin Jackson’s solid-yet-unspectacular start:
Scouts turned out in droves for Friday’s first game back from the All-Star break to see a matchup of teams still in full sale mode leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline – with a no-accident pitching matchup of struggling, expensive former All-Star pitchers.
Neither Arizona’s Trevor Cahill nor the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson inspired intimidator visions of David Price – or necessarily even Vincent Price.
But the Yankees – who moved to within four games of first place in the AL East with a win over Cincinnati Friday – are desperate for pitching with 80 percent of their rotation down with injuries.
This is pure speculation, and the scouts could have been here to see any number of players, but I guess it does make you wonder.