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Duchscherer drawing interest, wants to start

Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 7:56 pm
As the pond of free agents gets smaller, the bigger the fish look.

Among the biggest of fish now appears to be right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who tells's Brittany Ghiroli that he's already thrown for five teams and is scheduled to throw a bullpen for the Orioles on Friday.

Justin Duchscherer Duchscherer, 33, was limited to five starts last season before undergoing a hip surgery. He missed all of 2009 due to shoulder and back injuries. He was 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts for the A's in 2008, his first season as a full-time starter. From 2004-07, he was 19-14 with a 2.94 ERA in 188 games.

"Honestly, I feel like I've proven when I'm healthy I'm a very good Major League pitcher," Duchscherer said. "The only thing I have to prove is I can do it over the long term. My first two years in the big leagues as a reliever [with Oakland] I think I threw the second-most innings. I just what to get back to that where I'm healthy and I'm feeling like that."

Duchscherer said he wants to start -- "I haven't even thought of being a reliever," he said.

In addition to the Orioles, he could also be a fit for the Yankees, Pirates, Nationals and Indians, all looking for starters. The Red Sox have also expressed interest in him.

There has been speculation about Duchscherer and his ability to pitch in New York because he was treated for depression when he was injured in 2009.

"I find it funny that people say I can't pitch in that environment, but I've pitched in New York before," Duchscherer said. "As far as my mind, I have no problem being anywhere. Physically it's a matter of what's the best situation for me."

It's unlikely Duchscherer would be the first player to be treated for depression and play in big, bad New York, but he'd likely be the first to be open about it.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:09 pm

Duchscherer drawing interest, wants to start

I really think Cashman is trying to get fired.  Jeter to the outfield..buffoonery.  Duchscherer at 33 doing anything is a stretch.  But the Yankees are filthy rich and them signing anyone is no suprize.  I wonder how long Andruw Jones will last before he's given his un-conditional release or a bus ticket to Scranton Wilkes-Barre?  Many things are puzzling to me coming out of the Yankee camp this off season but I do know they will be ready to play and win in 2011.  Like the Jets the Yanks were just a hair from going all the way with our so called washed up old team!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:46 am

Duchscherer drawing interest, wants to start

The hold up is that he is more brittle than Rich Harden. Justin D was never meant to be a major league starter. He cannot pitch a whole season without injuries. He is good for half a season. Perhaps maybe the Yankees should sign him since they have had Roger Clemens pitch half a season and Andy Pettitte when he comes back in June. I'm glad that Oakland isn't planning to resign him again. We resigned him last season and he did nothing! But the Yankees are filthy rich so they can afford to waste a few million on a broken down pitcher with dreams of glory. Good luck to that. Maybe Cashman should consider moving Derek Jeter to pitcher. If Cashman is seriously considering moving Jeter to the outfield a few years later then perhaps Jeter should try his hand at pitching now. What do the Yankees have to lose?

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:44 pm

Duchscherer drawing interest, wants to start

Yeah I dont know why the Yank have not picked this guy up yet. They should grab him ASAP!!!

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:20 pm

Duchscherer drawing interest, wants to start

When healthy this guy is pretty good. He's a high reward risk for the end of somebodies rotation. Yankees? What's the hold up? 

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