JSOnline.com’s Tom Haudricourt posted that Doug Melvin has spent his 2010 budget already, so any pitching additions will likely be via the trade route or a low cost, last minute signing (same would be true for the last outfielder spot I imagine).
But buried in the post was this quote from Melvin:
“I said I’d like to get two (starters). I’m not going to promise to get two. Right now, we have five starting pitchers and (Chris) Narveson would be six. But you never know.”
Two things come to mind–Melvin is backpedaling a bit on his goal on adding a second starter (unless he is just trying to downplay his need to other teams), and that Chris Narveson is still in consideration for the rotation in 2010.
I’d still like to see them make a run at Justin Duchscherer, although the Yankees are rumored to be interested. If the Yankees sign Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman, then Duchscherer may be had at a lower price. If the Yanks sign Chapman or Duchscherer, then Sergio Mitre and Chad Gaudin become expendable for the Yankees.
Still nothing on the fifth outfielder…my hunch is that Melvin is waiting for Frank Catalanotto’s price to come down before making him an offer. No word on a back-up in case Catalanotto signs elsewhere. Adam Heether could be used as an IF/OF option, but an experienced outfielder would be nice.