Just minutes after the news broke that the Yankees traded Jesus Montero to the Mariners for Michael Pineda, we find out that they also signed Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $10 million, according to Jack Curry and Buster Olney.
The Yankees have managed to add two pieces to their rotation tonight and have not hurt their longterm payroll goals.
They now have seven pitchers who will fight for five spots in the rotation. Phil Hughes is likely one of the men out and A.J. Burnett may be the other, but the Yankees will certainly keep Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova on short leashes.
This does set the Yankees up with an opportunity to trade Hughes. Perhaps they will look to land a bat to replace Montero’s, who they were counting on getting the bulk of their DH at bats. Not sure Hughes would fetch a lot as his value has got to be at an all-time low.
My question, with Pineda and Kuroda in the mix, who is the No. 2 starter? Who is the odd man out?