Thursday, December 16, 2010
Time For Yanks To Get Creative
If the season started today, the rotation would look like this. C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett, Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre. Thank God the season does not start today. There is still plenty of time to make some moves to bolster the rotation and the bullpen. There are many options out there for the Yanks but it is important to not rush into anything and be patient.
There were rumblings of the Yankees looking into Carlos Zambrano as a possible solution to their starter woes. However, in the most recent report, the Yanks are said to not be that desperate yet. Zambrano has a lot of issues that the Yankees don't feel they need to take on just to gain a starter.
Fausto Carmona has been mentioned as a possible addition to the rotation. He's coming off of a sub .500 year with a 13-14 record and a 3.77 ERA. This is an improvement from his previous 2 seasons. If he continues to show improvement he could make a good fit for a 5 man in the rotation. And seeing as how his past few seasons haven't been spectacular, he should come relatively cheap.
Things will be a lot easier on the Yankees if they receive good news out of Deer Park, Texas. Andy Pettitte has been on the fence about returning for another season in pinstripes. Word is that the Yankees should have an answer on Pettitte's status in a few days. It seems his family is supporting him if he decides to come back for another year, but he does not want to deal with a low ball offer from the Yankees and insists they pay him fair. There was a rumor that he told a friend, "If the Yankees get Lee, I'll come back. If they don't, I'll stay home." Seldom are things every really that cut and dry.
Sidenote: With today's transactions, the Red Sox now have a higher payroll than the Yankees. However, it is only a matter of time before the Yankees make a noticeable move.