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Yankees Starting Rotation 2010

By Karley Ziegler Mott

I've been contemplating the NY Yankees 2010 starting rotation as if I were a GM anxious after the winter meetings as opposed to being an opinionated fan upstate.

Now that there is a three way deal breaking as I type this that will potentially send Cliff Lee to the Mariners and Roy Halladay to the Phillies, there is an even greater sense of urgency for the Yanks to have a solid starting rotation free of question marks. Getting Halladay most likely is no longer an option. Again, as I type this, it is not yet set in stone, but it looks like it will be. Free agent John Lackey is headed to the Red Sox. The Yanks also declined to resign Chien-Ming Wang over the weekend.

I liked Wang. Until he was injured, he was phenomenal. I envisioned him in pinstripes for years to come. Now, not so much.

Right now the critical thing is for the Yankees to evaluate their options and get it right. The Yanks have three solid starters in CC Sabathia, A.J Burnett and Andy Pettitte. We need to fill in #4 and #5. I think Phil Hughes belongs in the fourth slot. The fifth starter is more iffy for me. Call me crazy, but I would like to see the Yanks go after righty free agent Justin Duchscherer of the Athletics. He certainly won't break the bank and when he is healthy, he is very capable, with a career ERA of 3.14. He has had a few injuries, but he doesn't have Pavano's hypochondriac tendencies.

I don't want to talk about where Joba Chamberlain should be. For me, it is now and always has been a no brainer. Joba belongs in the bullpen. Joba will never be Mariano Rivera. No one will ever replace Rivera and become the "next" Mo. His legacy will be as the greatest closer in baseball--a class act and part of history. Those are pretty big shoes to fill and his heir to the mound cannot be expected to be Mo when the time comes. Joba could make a darn effective closer, though. He has the intensity and focus and both will improve more as he matures.

No offense to Mitre, but I am indifferent. I am not impressed by him, nor do I think he's a bad fit. I just don't get excited thinking about him in the lineup.

Gaudin--I want him in the bullpen. Do you remember a few years back when the Yankees had "Quan-Gor-Mo"? This was the trio of Paul Quantrill, Tom Gordon, and Mariano Rivera. Before Quantrill and Gordon became overworked, this group was practically lights out. It was a great bridge. Not everyone agrees with this approach. Ideally, you'll get at least 7 innings out of your starter. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. I'd like to see Quan Gor Mo part deux with Gaudin, Chamberlain and Mo.

Given what looks like is transpiring tonight, here's my starting rotation:

1. Sabathia
2. Burnett
3. Pettitte
4. Hughes
5. Duchscherer (they would need to sign him first)

If this trade deal gets finalized, the Red Sox and Mariners have stronger rotations with Lackey and Lee. We won't face Halladay in the AL anymore, but Boston and Seattle will be stronger. The field of free agents seems to be dwindling down and my gut is telling me to go out and get Duchscherer--and sooner rather than later.


  1. As Joba Matures and Yankees stop messing with his head he will be a 1 or 2 starter not a closer.

  2. Aaron,
    I'm going to agree to disagree with you on this. I see him much stronger as a closer.

  3. I dont doubt he could be a strong closer probably one of the best. But i also feel he could be a 1-2 starter something that is more valuable. I believe Robertson could be the future closer. he did have the best K/9 ratio in the majors this year.

  4. Joba needs to be a closer . once Rivera retires who's gonna be the closer ?

  5. Robertson is good , but he is not as consistent as Joba . When Joba needs to end the game he will .