The Yankees foolishly sent Ivan Nova down to the minor leagues midseason last year and then after a month of dominance down there they had no other choice but to call him up again.
Instead of removing either A.J. Burnett or Phil Hughes, both of whom were under performing, the Yankees began the boondoggle that was the six-man rotation. Luckily it sounds like we’re being sparred that situation this year, a realistic possibility considering that they will have seven starters fighting for five rotation spots.
“I can tell you it won’t be a seven- or six-man rotation; it’ll be five,” Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, with a laugh. “If we were going to leave today, we’d have to make some tough decisions. It’s something that we’re going to take time to evaluate. I’m in no hurry.
Unfortunately Girardi wouldn’t tip his hat as to which five it will be.
“I can tell you that CC is in our rotation and that he’s going to start the first game of the year,” Girardi said. “But in saying that, I’m not sure that everything is done before we go to Spring Training. Right now, we’ve got seven starters and we’re going to have to make some decisions.
“Right now, it appears that we have a surplus of starters, but a lot can change.”
The Yankees have CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda leading the rotation next season with Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova behind them. Freddy Garcia, Hughes and Burnett will likely be fighting for the No. 5 spot unless somebody is traded.