Cashman on Capuano, Banuelos and Kuroda


Today’s signing of Chris Capuano took plenty by surprise, but it shouldn’t have been; the Yankees needed rotation help with all the question marks surrounding CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova. Cashman had another meeting to discuss the Capuano signing, what he thinks of Manny Banuelos‘s chances of pitching himself into the rotation and the situation on free-agent Hiroki Kuroda.

Cashman on Chris Capuano:

If you think Capuano is going to come into Spring Training fighting for a job, then think again. He’s breaking camp with the team as either their fourth or fifth starter.

“He’s coming in as one of our starters,” Cashman said.

As of right now, the rotation looks like Sabathia, Tanaka, Pineda and Capuano, and with Nova scheduled to return to the team by July, the Yankees are looking for another starter to fill the hole.

Cashman on Manny Banuelos:

Cashman listed David Phelps, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Whitley and Jose De Paula as rotation options. It’s possible Manny Banuelos pitches himself into the competition, but the Yankees aren’t counting on it.

“He could become an option probably sometime more in season than to start the season,” Cashman said, “because he didn’t have a very good coming out party after the Tommy John. … But I still have high hopes for him.”

Cashman on Hiroki Kuroda:

Cashman also said Hiroki Kuroda could be an option for the rotation, but the problem is the team is unsure whether Kuroda is going to pitch next season, play another season in Japan or retire altogether. Waiting on Kuroda has put a slight dent in the Yankees plans.

“I think it’s safe to assume we are open to any legitimate possibilities to improve our club,” Cashman said. “Obviously making sense in the current circumstances that we have. … The preference would be to never have to go to the free agent market to get what you need, but that’s just not realistic.”

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13 Responses to Cashman on Capuano, Banuelos and Kuroda

  1. matthew says:

    I would rather see farm talent than Capuano and Headley.

    • Daniel says:

      and would you please name those who you would like to see instead of the two you mentioned…

      • matthew says:

        Article mentions five farm candidates.

        • A Reina says:

          Do you recall a few years back when they started the season with 3 rookies (Hughes, Joba & Kennedy) in the starting rotation? How'd that work out?

          • matthew says:

            You would not take Hughes and Kennedy today as fourth and fifth starters?

          • Capuano last 3 years: 4.01 ERA, 94 ERA+, 7.3 k/9 and a 2.5 bb/9. Kennedy last 3 years: 4.16 ERA, 89 ERA+, 8.5 k/9, 3.0 bb/9. Capuano is better and cheaper. Not sure if that's your point, but the Yankees can do better than Kennedy as their 5th starter.

          • matthew says:

            Again, the article mentions 5 possible candidates. I would take any of them over Capuano or Hughes or Kennedy. And I would take Hughes/Kennedy over Capuano.

    • mikefoxtrot says:

      signing Capuano seems to indicate that the Yankees are unsatisfied with Phelps as the long man and that they foresee Sabathia and one other starter (probably a farm kid) as liable to need to be relieved early a few times.

  2. Terry says:

    I'm hoping this is'nt what it seems.Capuano is a 2 pitch pitcher who gets hit hard after the 4th or 5th ining.I could see Tanaka/ Nova holding down one spot comfortably the first half or so,then we'll see.Big Mike in the 2nd spot but after that?CC,with his health,should probably start out in the pen to get alittle more hop on his fastball and prove his health.It's sad to think a 40 yr old pitcher(Kuroda) could be the most consistent we have.Still no length from the staff as a this point;why not give Mitchell and Manny B a shot?We'd have to get real lucky to make the playoffs as it stands now?Frustration still mounting

  3. Rocco says:

    I think the Yanks have done good this year. Boston and the Dodgers will regret call their signings.

  4. Andy says:

    Can't wait to see arod tex and cc????? Or when they are done we will have lots to work with

  5. Balt Yank says:

    Capuano can't make it far past the 4th inning, as Terry said, so even if his ERA is 4.17 and Ian Kennedy's is slightly higher, there is no comparison as Kennedy can pitch as a starter to the 5, 6, 7 innings. The signing doesn't make much sense, especially as they way overpaid. Maybe the Yankees will get lucky. I think Bryan Mitchell is ready. Phelps is ready but he's a fifth starter at best.

  6. olie says:

    Capuano is a Lefty which would make him more desirable to the Yankees although I wouldn't say he was better than Ian Kennedy!

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