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09:57 AM ET 08.21 | The A's had a deal in place to sent Rich Harden to the Red Sox before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but it fell apart after Boston looked at Harden's medical records and withdrew a player to be named from the original proposal, which also included Triple-A first baseman Lars Anderson. But that failed deal didn't scare off contenders - there have been scouts from potential playoff teams at each of Harden's past several starts, and the Yankees, who need starting pitching, have attended the past two.

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August 21, 2011  10:49 AM ET

What? A.J. Burnett is not cutting it?

August 21, 2011  10:59 AM ET

Not sure how much you give away for the guy. Durability is a big question. Add in his ERA when not playing at home is 4.70
he has a contract only for this year at $1.5 million. He is not worth any top protpect from anybody. Oakland is fishing here just trying to get something out of not much.
If the Red Sox chose Beddard over this guy, then you know he is just too risky. Beddard is no prize.

August 21, 2011  11:04 AM ET

If the price is right pull the trigger. Yanks need help.

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August 21, 2011  11:08 AM ET
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Seems to me there's always a slew of speculation about what the Yanks will do. "Will they do this or will they do that?"......got news for ya pals, we're alright and what is a constant, is us having extended seasons(playoffs/ws) each and every year bud, save us the hate(if ya can) or the slew of sorry posts, deal with your team cause as usual......we ain't worried and of course we're always there pals!

Oh look. The assistant GM.

August 21, 2011  11:15 AM ET
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If the price is right pull the trigger. Yanks need help.

I think Cashman has shown he is not giving anything away for guys like this.

August 21, 2011  11:21 AM ET
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Seems to me there's always a slew of speculation about what the Yanks will do. "Will they do this or will they do that?"......got news for ya pals, we're alright and what is a constant, is us having extended seasons(playoffs/ws) each and every year bud, save us the hate(if ya can) or the slew of sorry posts, deal with your team cause as usual......we ain't worried and of course we're always there pals!

Look - try to be an objective Yankee fan. It's fans like you that give those of us that are a little more objective a bad name.

Of course the Yankees are in the playoffs almost every year. They have a good (not great, but good) GM who has unlimited financial resources at his disposal. It's not hard to wrap up one of two AL East slots (look, it's great to call it a wild card - but it's really the second AL East slot) when you spend more than $100M more than three of the other teams in your division.

That said, the Yankees won't do anything in the playoffs this year. Starting pitching is spotty after CC - and it's not going to get it done against Texas OR Boston this year. So yeah, the Yankees will roll into the playoffs, and suffer another early round exit.

August 21, 2011  11:22 AM ET
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I think Cashman has shown he is not giving anything away for guys like this.

Which is great considering Cash probably won't be around in New York after this year. So I do respect his integrity in preserving the minor league talent in the Yankee system instead of giving it away for a rental that simply isn't going to put the team over the top anyway.

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August 21, 2011  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Seems to me there's always a slew of speculation about what the Yanks will do. "Will they do this or will they do that?"......got news for ya pals, we're alright and what is a constant, is us having extended seasons(playoffs/ws) each and every year bud, save us the hate(if ya can) or the slew of sorry posts, deal with your team cause as usual......we ain't worried and of course we're always there pals!

So you didn't see AJ Burnett yesterday? Not hating, but I am going to be objective here. Yes, they will make the Postseason but adding another pitcher wouldn't hurt.

August 21, 2011  12:11 PM ET

my moms boyfrend he sez cuz the yanks aint got no week spot it dont mater cuz they go to the wrold serees anywayz

August 21, 2011  12:17 PM ET
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Look - try to be an objective Yankee fan. It's fans like you that give those of us that are a little more objective a bad name.Of course the Yankees are in the playoffs almost every year. They have a good (not great, but good) GM who has unlimited financial resources at his disposal. It's not hard to wrap up one of two AL East slots (look, it's great to call it a wild card - but it's really the second AL East slot) when you spend more than $100M more than three of the other teams in your division.That said, the Yankees won't do anything in the playoffs this year. Starting pitching is spotty after CC - and it's not going to get it done against Texas OR Boston this year. So yeah, the Yankees will roll into the playoffs, and suffer another early round exit.

early playoff exits? yanks won in 09, went to ALCS in 10...

August 21, 2011  12:27 PM ET

as of right now- cc 1- colon 2- hughes 3- nova or burnett 4...

August 21, 2011  12:30 PM ET

First, Cashman's not going anywhere. The Steinbrenner's like him, and he wants to stay. He's rebuilt the farm system, which was barren, after the 1996-2003 run. I think the Yanks would have gone to the series last year, except Texas pulled the Cliff Lee deal, and that was the difference maker. I think that we could use another starter, but giving up anything more than money, and a low level prospect for Harden is about it.

August 21, 2011  12:42 PM ET

Anybody who has watched that rag-arm Harden pitch the past two years woud never give up a decent prospect for him. If the Yankees are that desperate for starting pitching, they are in a heap of trouble come playoff time.

August 21, 2011  01:13 PM ET
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Anybody who has watched that rag-arm Harden pitch the past two years woud never give up a decent prospect for him. If the Yankees are that desperate for starting pitching, they are in a heap of trouble come playoff time.

True, but if a 45 year old career 4.40 ERA pitcher like Wakefield can be tossed out there every fifth day for a contender, then anything is possible.

August 21, 2011  01:54 PM ET

Just so you know, the Yankees traded Arodys Vizcaino to the Braves as part of the Javier Vazquez trade. He is now MLB ready and a total stud in the Braves never ending supply of superior starting pitching. Those nameless prospects do come back to haunt you.

August 21, 2011  01:56 PM ET
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Not sure how much you give away for the guy. Durability is a big question. Add in his ERA when not playing at home is 4.70he has a contract only for this year at $1.5 million. He is not worth any top protpect from anybody. Oakland is fishing here just trying to get something out of not much.If the Red Sox chose Beddard over this guy, then you know he is just too risky. Beddard is no prize.

whatever the A'S can offer through this pitcher, i believe even the angels would take a bite to this gamble, because after all everything its a gamble the only difference its that the halos don't have much to offer their minor system its thin enough!!

 
August 21, 2011  01:59 PM ET
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Ask yourself this pal while you're bragging about Boston/Texas.....when was the last time Texas or Boston won a WS? Now ask yourself that same question about the Yanks......get the picture pal?

hey pal - you're like a typical blowhard, unrealistic bk yankee fan that doesn't know anything about anything and just likes to run their mouth. i'm a die-hard yankee fan *(season tickets 10 years strong) and bottom line is that after cc, who you running out there? hughes? colon? nova? we're gonna have to outslug whoever we play. texas has the same issue. boston doesn't - they have a legitimately deep staff that the yanks just can't match up with at this point. time to be a little realistic, pal.

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