The New York Yankees, still in the market for pitching help, are stepping up their pursuit of free agent Justin Duchscherer, a baseball source told ESPN.com.Duchschere made $1.75 million last year so if the Yankees can sign him for a similar amount I think it would be worth the risk and I'd like to see the Yankees take a chance here. When he can stay on the field he's been a pretty effective starter and reliever.
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.
Duchscerer overcame clinical depression issues during his time in Oakland, but he's 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.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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