Notes from Cashman: Nova to the Rotation, Joba to the bullpen, Aceves, and More

No, Brian Cashman and I don’t pass notes to each other the way the girls in school used to. This is just a summary of the press conference he gave yesterday after the first day of the GM meetings in Florida.¬† Obviously we owe Chad Jennings of the Journal News credit for most of the information you are about to enjoy.

  • A minor player move is expected soon.
  • Joba Chamberlain will be in the bullpen in 2011.
  • Alfredo Aceves‘ back sounds like it’s 100 percent. No surgery was needed and he’s expected to play in winter ball.
  • Cashman doesn’t expect Damaso Marte to pitch next year, but will not cut him from the roster.
  • Cashman has no insider information as to whether or not Andy Pettitte will return or retire.
  • Ivan Nova is considered a rotation candidate for next season.
  • Juan Miranda‘s four-year contract is over. He’s not arbitration eligible, but he is out of options. That means if he doesn’t make the team out of spring training they risk losing him.
  • Cashman listed Miranda, Ramiro Pena, Eduardo Nunez, and Brandon Laird as bench options for next season.

I have a problem with the idea that Ivan Nova is an option for the rotation but not Joba Chamberlain. Also, call me skeptical, but I cannot envision a scenario where Nova is in the starting rotation without an injury or two.

Everything else is pretty straight forward. It’s good to hear Aceves is over his back issues, but part of me doesn’t want him to pitch in winter ball. Although I suppose there could be some benefit to it after he essentially sat out an entire season.

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3 Responses to Notes from Cashman: Nova to the Rotation, Joba to the bullpen, Aceves, and More

  1. Dave Gross says:

    I think Joba should be given an opportunity to win a starting job. I think he could definitely be above average.

  2. Bronx Knight says:

    I'm tired of the Joba drama. Maybe he could have been a great starter if he hadn't been mishandled; I don't kinow. But it seems to me that we need to move on. Kerry Wood is leaving and we need a setup man. Joba has had some success in that role. Let the kid settle in and let's stop jerking him around; the uncertainty seems to have affected his mental state.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    Yes, the team needs starters, but Mo will not pitch forever and they need to start grooming someone for that role.