Trade rumors surrounding Brett Gardner and Chase Headley have cooled off a significant amount within the last three weeks. So it’s only fitting another Yankee name ends up in trade rumors before the holidays.
Pineda had a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde season, pitching to a 4.82 ERA in a career-high 175.2 IP. Pineda is slated to be a free agent after the 2017 season, and the Yankees could consider trading him by the July trade deadline. However to at least begin the 2017 season, the Yankees are going to count on Pineda to help stabilize what’s going to be a very young starting rotation.
The front office aren’t the only ones hoping that Pineda could pull it together. Manager Joe Girardi went on the record about Pineda’s mind boggling season and even the Yankee manager agreed that Pineda had to get it together next season.
“Sometimes you scratch your head,” Girardi said. “The average of batted balls in play off of him with two outs [.406] — it just doesn’t make sense. You look for reasons. Believe me, we’ll look; I’m sure we’ll look a long time this winter.
“He’s been through some tough times this year. He just needs to continue to improve. You look at some of the other numbers; BABIP [.340] is extremely high. You’d think some of that luck has got to change, and if it does, I think you’ll see a guy that’ll have a really good year.”