The New York Yankees placed right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list Wednesday after Tanaka was experiencing discomfort in his throwing shoulder. The Yankees down another pitcher in the starting rotation means the need for another starter is high. The Yankees’ rotation is completely demolished with injuries.
The problem facing New York is that it will not get another pitcher like Brandon McCarthy on the market. McCarthy was acquired via the Arizona Diamondbacks for Vidal Nuno. The Yankees did not have to give up anyone in their farm system for the deal, but that is unlikely to happen again.
When you scan the market for the most immediately available starting pitchers on the trade market, you get pitchers like Jake Peavy, Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels and David Price. The Yankees do not have the talent in the farm system to acquire someone like Hamels or Price, which makes Peavy and Colon the most likely candidates.
What the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets would want in return for either pitcher is unknown, but it is going to cost New York a young talent. Someone like Yangervis Solarte could be on the move for a pitcher to help the Yankees’ rotation. Hopefully, for the Yankees, Tanaka is not going to miss too much time and he can get back to where he was last month.
Now, four pitchers from the original Yankees’ rotation are on the 15 or 60 day disabled list. The injuries just continue for New York.