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.