How Will the Yankees Adjust to Michael Pineda's Injury?


I thought the whole purpose of getting a Pineda was to break it?

This week has been rather uneventful in Yankee land, besides the unfortunate injury to Michael Pineda. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that Pineda was acquired by the Yankees from Seattle in exchange for promising prospect, Jesus Montero. I really do hate when fans or writers take a retrospective approach when talking about trades gone bad, especially when a young arm like Pineda was exactly what they needed at the time. Not to say this is a busted deal, because I firmly believe that Pineda will be around for a long time (maybe even longer then A-Rod).

The real problem is, with Pineda out this year and the pitching staff looking sub-par, how will the Yankees adjust? Obviously Andy Pettitte is on his way back up from the minors as we speak, but what's to say he is going to be as effective as he was two years ago? It seems like everyone is counting on Pettitte to return to form, but we all know that he will most likely be a serviceable back of the rotation pitcher.

I believe the plan is to replace Phil Hughes in the rotation with Pettitte, but I doubt it will make much of a difference in the win column. The Yankees have had their fair share of starting pitching problems in the past decade or so, and have always solved that problem by hitting three-run homers and closing it out with a solid bullpen. If I were Cashman, I would consider trading some of these pieces away to try to get a young arm in there. Pettitte will be gone again next year, and Kuroda isn't going to last too much longer, so its about time the Yankees start planning for the future with some youth.

So who goes on the trading block for the Yanks?

I would couple Gardner and Hughes at the trade deadline, and dish them out to the National League, where Hughes may be able to rejuvenate himself. Let Jones and Ibanez platoon out in left field for the rest of the year and perhaps throw in a few prospects from the glue factory (that's what I call the Yankees farm system, since it's where prospects go to die), and BAM! You got yourself a perfect concoction that will yield an above average starter, or a stud high A ball prospect.

As much as I like Gardner, I think his style of baseball would be much more suitable for a National League team in a big ballpark, and he would probably be a leadoff hitter on any other team. Hughes looks like Burnett and Pavano did, meaning that he isn't necessarily finished, but he is having trouble coping with the pressures of pitching in New York (at least that would be my sales pitch if I was trying to unload him mid-season).

The other option would be to not do anything, and still win the division.

Thinks aren't perfect in Yankee Land, but at 12-9, they're still pretty good.

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