When a deadline is not a deadline
If the Yankees fail to obtain a starting pitcher today, there is no need to panic or resign yourself to The Summer of Sidney.
The type of players the Yankees want would be high-priced veterans than they get for a B-level prospect or two. Those type of pitchers are likely to clear waivers and be available in August.
We’re talking Jarrod Wasburn, Vicente Padilla, Paul Byrd, Bronson Arroyo, guys like that. They all wouldn’t clear, but one or two of them would.
The competition in the AL - Boston, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles - is not looking for No. 5 starter types.