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Rockies trade rumors: Yankees interested in Brett Anderson

The Evil Empire needs another decent pitcher if it plans to make a run to the postseason, but that guy likely isn't going to be Anderson.

Justin K. Aller

In the category of "news that isn't really news," the Yankees have had discussions about trying to acquire Rockies starting pitcher Brett Andersonaccording to ESPN's Buster Olney. Of course, Colorado isn't willing to deal the 26-year-old left-hander, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who adds that the team wants to either pick up his $12 million option for next season or perhaps even open up extension talks.

If the Rockies believe Anderson can stay healthy, then holding on to him is actually the right move. Anderson has pitched pretty well since returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list, posting a 2.95 ERA in 18⅓ innings, with the caveat being that two of his three starts during that time came against the at-times offensively challenged Pirates.

Still, there has to be some reluctance on the part of the Rockies that Anderson will, in fact, remain off of the DL. Anderson has logged fewer than 200 innings since the start of the 2011 season and has never eclipsed the 180-inning mark. That might be playing into the Rockies' thoughts, though, being that there isn't a lot of mileage on his left arm, and that his last couple of injuries have not necessarily been pitching related.

Anderson is scheduled to start on Wednesday for the Rockies in the third contest of their four-game set against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.