Rumor: Yankees will bottom feed for rotation depth

If the Yankees can re-sign Andy Pettitte they will have a rotation setup as CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Pettitte, Phil Hughes, and then Ivan Nova and David Phelps will likely battle for the fifth spot. That’s a solid group, but Joel Sherman of the NY Post suggests that the Yankees will go “bottom feeding” for rotational depth with Freddy Garcia types.

This has been the method the Yankees have used to get risky but productive veterans on cheap deals. GM Brian Cashman will wait until all the big free agents come off the board and then will low-ball a few remaining veterans to try to get a good deal. It’s the same scenario that landed them Raul Ibanez on a $1.1 million deal last offseason.

Sherman suggests that the Yankees could look into Dallas Braden, who has missed significant time with shoulder injuries. Perhaps names like Erik Bedard, Jeff Francis, Kevin Millwood, and Derek Lowe could come up. Two pitchers that may be solid sleeper bargains could be Francisco Liriano or Chien-Ming Wang, but it’s hard to say right now if the latter will be available around February.

This seems like a solid way to give the Yankees cheap depth in the rotation. Adam Warren is also decent insurance, but Cashman will want a veteran or two to compete with him for playing time.

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15 Responses to Rumor: Yankees will bottom feed for rotation depth

  1. Travis L. says:

    What about soft tossing Chris Young? Maybe get Roberto Hernandez on a one year "prove your worth" deal?

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    I liked what I saw of Lowe in pinstripes, but it seems there already is sufficient rotation depth. Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Nova/Phelps. Then Pineda returns in June. And the word is "latter".

  3. David says:

    "Sufficient rotation depth?". That has to be the overstatement of the ages. Sabathia has never proven to be the classical "ace.". He gives you innings, it not neccesarily quality innings. Hughes has long periods of mysterious failures. Pettitte, though I like him, cannot give you innings or a full season. Nova/Phelps are average and inconsistent. Now we hear this is going to be their rotation, as well as some cheap bottom feeders. With Baltimore's resurgence, Toronto's power deals and Boston's inevitable rebound, look for a 3rd or 4th place finish in 2013.

    • Sabathia is not an ace. Love these type of comments.

    • Manny says:

      Really, dude? REALLY? Sabathia "gives you innings… not necessarily quality innings"? People like you shouldn't even be allowed to watch baseball, since you obviously know NOTHING about the sport, yet think you do… "
      Boston's inevitable rebound"? WHY?… They have no 1B, a shortstop that can't hit, Jacoby Ellsbury and two black holes in the OF, the bullpen aside from Andrew Bailey is a mess & nothing of note in their rotation… Red Sox will finish last again this season…

    • Eileen says:

      David, I couldn't agree with you more… My God, CC is so overrated!!! Hughes gives up so many damn Homers,
      along with Phelps. Nova never impressed me and Andy is like a 6 and 6 pitcher!!

      You hit the nail on the head. That Eastern Division next year will be the hottest in baseball, more even so !!!!

      Happy Holidays,

  4. Tanned Tom says:

    Calm down David, the sky is not falling. This rotation last year had the 3rd best ERA in the AL (I think). Hughes was surprisingly okay, Phelps showed promise, Nova might easily improve from last year, Pineda's waiting in the wings. And this rotation looked pretty darn good to me in the post season, it was the offense that failed.
    Sabathia not an ace? Pitching the way he did with bone chips in his elbow? Seems pretty ace-like to me.
    If you want to worry about something worry about Russell Martin's steep decline and the team losing their 2nd best hitter (as measured by OBP) as Swisher departs via free agency.

  5. bakersdream1970 says:

    What about carlos zambrono

    • jersey joe says:

      its in your name dude…..dream a bigger dream. or maybe someone viable who can still pitch and isnt a clubhouse nightmare.

  6. CJmovement says:

    You mean Wang may have been picked up by other teams next February?

  7. Eileen says:

    OMG, if the Yankees pick up Bedard or Millwood, call it a day!!!!!!! They are FINISHED!

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