Quote: It’s Pitching, Pitching, Pitching Once Again for Yankees

Via Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York:

“Our main focus and effort is going to be try to reinforce the pitching rotation and bullpen and depth and insurance policies we would have,” Cashman said.

“It is pitching, pitching, pitching,” Cashman said. “That will be the main thrust of this stuff.”

It comes as no surprise that the Yankees will be once again focusing on improving their pitching staff once again this offseason. Their offense will return next year mostly in tact (Jorge Posada expected to be the lone exception) so this is only natural. Cashman said that he doesn’t anticipate needing a bat at “at all” when asked directly about Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder.

CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett are probably the only two with guaranteed rotation spots. Ivan Nova likely has a spot too and they’ve publicly said that they still consider Phil Hughes a starter, however it’s hard to say that anything is guaranteed with them. They are also believed to want Freddy Garcia back.

So they have five pitchers ready to go and they also have a gang of young arms down in the minors ready to be called up. Still, they will be actively scouring the trade market looking for upgrades.

The bullpen is mostly set. They are expected to be in the market for a second lefty to pair with Boone Logan now that Damaso Marte has left and Pedro Feliciano is expected to miss a full year.

Those are the two main areas. After that the only thing for them to finagle with is the bench. Eric Chavez is considering retirement, but would likely have a spot on the bench next year if he wanted. Cashman also indicated that he would be open to Andruw Jones returning. If those two players return, there really isn’t a whole lot of options with the bench either.

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