Bartolo Colon will stay with the team as the long man despite out-pitching Garcia this spring because the Yankees think that he’s better suited for the role. Their reasoning is that he tends to start games with significantly stronger velocity than he finishes and there is concern over whether or not his body would be able to withstand the pressures of starting.
This leaves the Yankees with CC Sabathia as the ace, A.J. Burnett as the no. 2, Phil Hughes as the no. 3 starter, with Nova and Garcia rounding out the back end. They also have Kevin Millwood, who they signed to a minor league deal yesterday, but he won’t start the season with them as he missed most of spring training. If he doesn’t make the Yankees by May 1st, he can opt out of his contract.
In the end the Yankees never really gave any of their touted prospects much of a shot to win a rotation spot. The biggest reason for this is probably fear of having two rookies in the rotation, a plan that failed them in 2008.
Now that the rotation is finally set, we’d like to hear what you think of it. Is this how you envisioned the starting five?