What to do with Joba and Hughes?

Dominick ScarfoglieroContributor INovember 25, 2009
There are many options the Yankees have this off season with Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. In my opinion there really are only three options; they can keep both of them in the bullpen, make both of them starters, or they can mix and match, meaning put one in the bullpen and make one a starter. To determine what the Yankees should do, they need to wait until spring training and see where they fit. Joba has more of a body for a short reliever and Phil has a body for a starter. If they put Joba in the pen and he has success, he would be a great option to take over for the great Mariano Rivera. The change from starter to reliever or vise versa is not a hard change. The Yankees just need to stop worrying and let happen what is made to happen. The one thing I dont want to see the Yankees do, is trading one of these two stars in a deal for Roy Halladay. Halladay is a number one pitcher and an ace of most team, but I don't see him fitting in well in the New York environment. If the Boston Red Sox's attempt to trade for him the Yankees need to make another deal. Then they should try to sign a guy like John Lackey. Lackey would be a great fit in New York, because the Yankees would be able to pitch him behind CC Sabathia, so then they would have one of the best 1-2 punches in all of baseball. Another benefit of signing Lackey would be that it would allow them to put either or both Joba or Hughes in the bullpen. If that happen the 2010 starting rotation for the Yankees would be as follows: Sabathia, Lackey, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Chien-Ming Wong (Assuming Wong comes back healthy.) If Wong doesn't come back right away or the Yankees decide to deal him, the Yankees would be able to add Chad Gaudin or maybe a Type-B Free Agent to be their fifth starter. Starting with both Joba and Hughes in the bullpen would allow the Yankees to keep both of their inning down and also see how both of them do. Eventually when they need help in the rotation, the Yankees would have two very good options.