The Yankees have a hole in their rotation, but there are no decent starting pitchers available on the market that they are interested in. There is however a promising young pitcher in their bullpen with plenty of talented relievers on the market to replace him if they wanted to make him a starter.
Joba has been in the league since 2007 and is still at an age, 25, where most pitchers are just making their major league debuts. He’s not even three months older than one of their top prospects, Andrew Brackman, who may not pitch in the majors at all in 2011. Yet it seems like the Yankees GM has completely written off any possibility of a return to the rotation.
Joba, in his career as a starter has had ups and downs, but his overall numbers are far from bad. In 221.2 innings as a starter he has a 12-7 record, a 4.18 ERA, and a 8.4 K/9 rate. Those numbers are all better than what the Yankees got out of A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez last season who made $28 million combined last season.
So while the Yankees are looking for a replacement for Vazquez and have one in house that is both a better pitcher and would come at a fraction of the cost, they are not interested.
What is even more baffling is that in 2008 and 2009 the Yankees believed so much in Joba’s talents that they enforced draconian pitching rules on him to protect his arm. A few years later when he’s ready for a full 200 inning season they won’t even consider it?
That’s the way the Yankees are going though.
What do you think? Should Joba be considered for the rotation next year? Or should the Yankees keep him in the bullpen where he isn’t even being considered for the primary setupman role? Or maybe the Yankees should try to trade him…Let’s hear your opinion.