It's not very common that the New York Yankees make in-division trades with their rivals in the American League East, although a trade before 1999 with the Toronto Blue Jays did land them Roger Clemens.
However, with the Yankees need for pitching as the season wears on, especially with the news of CC Sabathia being out until at least July, it almost all but makes certain that the team will be looking for pitching help between now and July 31. There are the common names in Cliff Lee, Jeff Samardzija and Bronson Arroyo, but with the Blue Jays likely not factoring in the playoff race, two of their starters are listed as potential trade options.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has listed Blue Jays starters R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle as potential trade options for the Yankees this coming summer if and when Toronto is clearly out of the race.
"So the Yankees might instead have to use their financial advantage, trading for heavy contracts that are no longer useful to losing teams. Arizona’s Arroyo is in this category, and if Toronto sinks, Dickey and Buerhle will be, as well."
The Yankees were linked to Buehrle back in the winter of 2011 when he was a free agent, but the Yankees decided to not pursue the lefty and instead, he signed with the Miami Marlins on a four-year, $58 million deal. After one year in Miami, Buehrle was part of the deal that sent him, Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson from the Marlins to the Blue Jays after the 2012 season.
The 35-year-old Buehrle is currently 7-1 with a 2.11 ERA in eight starts made for the Blue Jays and making himself a very attractive trade chip for Toronto to unload this summer and someone the Yankees could look at if needed.
Dickey on the other hand, needs no introduction to the New York
area given he pitched three years with the New York
Mets and won the 2012 N.L. Cy Young Award after posting a 20-6 season. Following that award-winning season, Dickey was then dealt to the Blue Jays and signed a two-year, $25 million extension with the Blue Jays.
Dickey went 14-13 in his first season with the Blue Jays and is currently 4-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 10 starts with 50 strikeouts in 60 innings and hasn't had the same kind of impact in Toronto like he did with the Mets. His 2016 option for $12 million is a team option with a $1 million buyout, so if a team like the Yankees wanted to trade for Dickey, it would be for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015 and then could make him a free agent after that season.
Buehrle is in the same boat, as he is in the third year of his four-year deal he originally signed, although Buehrle is more adept to having better success in the American League as opposed to Dickey. Buehrle previously pitched with the Chicago White Sox and was a part of the 2005 World Series team and also threw a perfect game in 2009.
It seems like a long-shot that the Yankees will be able to work out a deal with the Blue Jays given the fact that the two sides never deal with each other and you have to go back almost 15 years to when the Yankees and Toronto worked out a deal, but if Brian Cashman and Alex Anthopoulos want to get together in July and put aside being division rivals, one of those two starters could be potential targets for the Yankees if they can't pry away one of the other popular names.
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