A mix of reliable veterans and good young arms make the 2010 Yankee pitching staff a point of strength for the coming year.
Javier Vazquez (pictured left) was brought over in a trade with Atlanta and will add another veteran who can eat innings to the starting staff.
Vazquez joins C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte to anchor the staff.
Of these pitchers, Andy Pettitte threw the fewest innings in 2009 with 194.2. Each of the other three saw more than 200 innings.
Joba Chamberlain will compete for the 5th starting spot and should be the favorite. All innings limits are off Joba now and if he proves himself in the spring, he could be the best Number 5 in baseball.
Phil Hughes will also compete to start. But he has innings limits this year and probably will return to the pen to be the brige to Mo.
And of course Mo, Mariano Rivera, is the best closer in baseball even at age 40.