The New York Yankees have had a very productive off season, and have made needed improvements in their starting rotation. I hate to admit this, but I was a little off in my first draft of the 2010 Yankees starting rotation. I really thought the Yankees were going to sign John Lackey, and I never thought he would sign with the Boston Red Soxs! With the Red Soxs signing Lackey, the Yankees needed to counter attack the situation. They did this exactly by trading for Javier Vazquez. With Vazquez now in the rotation, I now believe that either Joba or Hughes will be in the bullpen for the 2010 season. If I had to give you an answer now, I would say Hughes will be in the rotation and they will send Joba in the pen, where he should be.
I'm not going to go deep into the trade for Vazquez, but I am going to say that I believe that it was a very smart deal for the Yankees. Melky Cabrera is at best a 4th outfielder and even though, like me, every Yankees fan really liked Cabrera the Yankees needed to make this deal happen and they weren't going to let Cabrera stand in the way, which is totally the right thing to do. If you disagree with this trade, I would love to hear your opinions below.
If I could give my professional opinion, I think that the Yankees are done tinkering with their rotation for the 2010 season. Assuming Joba goes back to the pen the rotation will look as follows:
- CC Sabathia
- A.J. Burnett
- Andy Pettitte
- Javier Vazquez
- Phil Hughes
You can't complain with that rotation. This is one of the best rotation in the majors and the Yankees are once again going to be serious contenders in the American League. Now what about that lineup. In the upcoming days, I will give a first draft of what I think the 2010 starting lineup will be for the New York Yankees.