This has certainly been an odd off season for the New York Yankees. It’s not that they didn’t spend a lot of money, they paid quite a bit to bring back Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, but that’s the same old same old. Usually by time the calendar has flipped the Yankees have introduced a big time free agent to the world of pinstripes.
The Tampa Bay Rays are apparently throwing in the towel on the 2011 season as they can't afford to keep their talent. Carl Crawford is now with the rival Boston Red Sox, Matt Garza and Carlos Pena are with the Chicago Cubs and Rafael Soriano, well depending on what article you read and what moment you read it, the hard throwing right handed reliever may or may not sign with the Yankees. The Bombers would have to pay Soriano closer money to set up for Rivera, but really, what other choice do they have?
The Yankees number one priority coming into the winter was to add a starter, at least one. With the uncertainty surrounding Andy Pettitte and the Yankees missing out on Cliff Lee, Zack Greinke and Matt Garza, there just aren’t any other big time free agents or stud starters on the block to be had.
The 2011 season could see the weakest Yankee starting rotation in years. If the season were to begin today, they would be forced to plug unproven youngster Ivan Nova and retread Sergio Mitre into their fourth and fifth slots.
If the 2011 season were to open today, the Yankees rotation would look like this:
1) CC Sabathia
2) Phil Hughes
3) A.J. Burnett (DOH!)
4-5)Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre
If the Yankees do in fact get Soriano that would likely mean that the plan ONCE AGAIN is to make Joba Chamberlain a starter.
Wow, when you think about it, Andy Pettitte really has the Yankees over a barrel. Things couldn’t have possibly worked out better for him as the Yankees are in a position where they are practically forced to over pay for him. The more Andy waffles on his decision, the higher the price goes.
It’s hard to believe that the Yankees would have such a desperate obvious need and that Andy would retire. Not that he's obligated do do them any favors, it just doesn't seem likely. One would think that even if Andy’s heart truly were set on retiring, that every man has his price and he's got one too.
It's a good time to be Andy Pettite
So we wait….. - Mike Cardano
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