Yanks looking to Mulder for the stretch run?By
Many Yanks fans were upset that Brian Cashman didn’t deal for a pitcher at the deadline, but so far that decision looks like a sound one. Things can and will change down the road, though, and for that Cash has made a few moves, including a trade for Chad Gaudin. He’s no Roy Halladay, but one hopes he can be a bit better than Jarrod Wasburn has been away from Seattle’s top notch outfield (11.1 IP, 10 ER since the trade). Keeping with the small, lightning in a bottle moves the Yanks have made in-season, they’ll have a look at Mark Mulder when he throws in the next week or so. The timing on this is a bit tough. In order to have Mulder for the postseason, he would have to be on the 25-man roster by August 31. That’s a bit tough if he’s not going to even throw for teams until the 15th or so. The most likely scenario is that he’s a reclamation project for next year who might be able to take some September innings.
Mulder, 32, has pitched just 106 innings since 2006 due to multiple stints on the DL. He has immense talent, as we saw during his Oakland years and the first in St. Louis, but it’s unlikely that he’ll recover to be anything close to his former self. It could be worth a gamble, but at this point it could be a gamble for a lefty reliever. You can never have too many of them, I suppose.