David Robertson is finally coming back today, but it is at the expense of David Phelps who will be sent to Single-A to be stretched out before returning to the Triple-A rotation, the Yankees announced today.
I’m not a big fan of this move, but I can see why they would go in this direction. Freddy Garcia has been downright awful for the Yankees this year and should be the one to go. The Yankees are a better team with Phelps on the roster than Garcia. But the reason they are doing it is because this gives them an extra option and it also puts Phelps back in a rotation.
The thing is, the Yankees can stash Phelps in the minors and they can’t do that with Garcia. So this gives them an extra option. Don’t forget they have to pay him the rest of his $4 million deal. Might as well have the guy at least mop up and maybe some NL team will want him at the deadline for nothing but salary relief.
Getting Phelps back into the rotation, even if it is in the minors, is good because he’ll be stretched out again. Then in the event the Yankees have an injury to their rotation it will be Phelps who will be the first called on and there will be no temptation to use Garcia in that spot because of experience.