Cashman: Noesi will only be a starter in 2012

One way or another, Yankees pitcher Hector Noesi will be a starter next season even if he has to start the season in the minor leagues, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.

“I have no intention of Noesi doing (using Noesi as a reliever) again,” Brian Cashman told Jennings. “I just think Noesi is a starter, so one way or another, that’s where he needs to be. I don’t want to waste his time as a long man if we can avoid it.”

The soon to be 25-year-old Noesi will go to spring training fighting for a spot in the Yankees rotation. Unless somebody gets hurt or Phil Hughes continues to disappoint, Noesi will be the odd man out as they already have five starters locked in. That makes it likely that he will start the season in the Triple-A rotation until a spot opens up in the Bronx.

Noesi has been pitching in the Dominican Winter League this offseason in order to be stretched out to start and has done a tremendous job so far. In nine starts he has a 2.66 ERA, 24 strikeouts, and seven walks in 40.2 innings.

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4 Responses to Cashman: Noesi will only be a starter in 2012

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    If Noesi is a starter then he should start in the bigs. He could have a very so-so year and still be a huge improvement over Burnett or Hughes. The time has come for the team to start committing to their young pitchers.
    I know Cashman is nervous about whether Nova is for real and if Hughes will ever make it. but there can be no doubt about Burnett. It will probably take a solid $15 mil to trade him for a left-handed middle reliever, but ANY money saved here would be worth it.
    As for Hughes, I'm fed up. This has got to be his last shot, there are starters lined up in AAA waiting like planes, just waiting for their landing instructions.
    What I REALLY hope is that the NYY bite the bullet and trade Burnett this off season, then Hughes is just good enough to be traded in June.

    • Mike Sommer says:

      They've offered A.J., offered to pickup $8 mil of the $33.5 Mil. No takers.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        So bump it to $15 mil, or take back a bad contract. I'll take Zambrano for Burnett, straight up.

        • Mike Sommer says:

          Dream on. Ain't happening. No one wants A.J., and as much as I don't want A.J., getting a childish hothead to replace him won't be any better.