Monday, January 9, 2017
Brian Cashman got his closer (Aroldis Chapman) and his DH (Matt Holliday) this offseason.
The Yankees GM just hasn’t been able to add another starter — and it doesn’t appear he’s going to.
“We stay engaged with the marketplace, but I think more likely than not — 99 percent likely — we are going to be going to camp with what we have,” Cashman told Jim Bowden on the former GM’s SiriusXM radio show Monday morning.
“And that’s (Mashiro) Tanaka, CC (Sabathia) and (Michael) Pineda locked into three spots and then five guys competing for the final two spots between — in no order — (Adam) Warren, (Luis) Cessa, (Chad) Green, (Bryan) Mitchell and (Luis) Severino.”
Given the paucity of quality starting pitchers on the free agent market, and the likely cost to acquire starting pitchers via trade, this makes sense. I don’t have the warm fuzzies about the rotation as current constituted, but you can at least squint and see the Yankees putting together a serviceable rotation out of what they have on hand, perhaps with some reinforcement later in the season from the farm system.
Things could be better, but they could certainly be worse.
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