Another MLB season is finished and for many teams and their fans it is time to look towards 2012. The NY Yankees have the offense needed to win a World Series, but once again the team is lacking for pitching and especially starters in the middle of their rotation.
The latest rumor from Bleacher Report has the team looking within its own division for help and that could cost the team several young prospects, but James Shields is the target of these conversations and the 29 year-old would make a solid number two starter and give the Yankees a pitcher used to the pressure of a pennant race.
Shields was 16-12 last season, but his ERA was under 3.00 and he had 225 strikeouts in 250 innings pitched. Shields also is one of the higher priced Tampa Bay Rays players and the team is known for a tight budget and no player has ever been off-limits in trade talks.
Look for the NY Yankees to add a couple of quality veteran arms to their rotation this off-season and if it costs the team their best young talent, well it is New York and they have never been shy about going after what they need, no matter the price.