After missing out on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, one might think they’d pursue another quality pitcher. Well, they did. The Yanks signed Rafael Soriano. The only problem is that Soriano was a closer for Tampa Bay, which is fantastic for the bullpen, but it does nothing for the rotation.
Where was Plan B? Here are a few pitchers who landed on new teams this offseason that the Yankees could have given a shot:
Zack Greinke – Royals to Brewers
Zach Duke – Pirates to Diamondbacks.
Rich Harden – Rangers to A’s
Brandon Webb – Diamondbacks to Rangers
Jon Garland – Padres to Dodgers
But no. Who did the Yankees sign? Bartolo Colon. Yes, Bartolo Colon. The guy that hasn’t pitched since 2009 and hasn’t had a full season since 2005 when he won the Cy Young with the Angels. Colon spent 2006 to 2009 battling injury issues stemming from a torn rotator cuff.
To make matters worse, this past Friday, Andy Pettitte announced his retirement. Many think he may come back midseason, ala Roger Clemens in 2007, but that does nothing for the Yankees now.
Without Pettitte, here is the pitching rotation listed on the Yankees’ website: C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett, Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre. Am I the only person that considers this to be a nightmare?
Sabathia had a fantastic season, going 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA and finished third in the Cy Young voting. Phil Hughes wasn’t too far behind. He went 18-8 in only his fourth season as a Yankee (first of 20 or more starts). After those two, it was a complete crapshoot. Burnett was 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA.
The incoming starters didn’t fare well in their few appearances in 2010 either. Nova was 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in only seven starts and Mitre lost all three of his starts.