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Steinbrenner: Yankees rotation is a 'concern'

Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:47 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 7:14 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

It's no secret that behind ace/workhorse CC Sabathia, the Yankees' starting pitching is a bit of a question mark. Ivan Nova had a strong rookie season, but then there was Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. That's not exactly the most reliable stable of starters.

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"We were concerned about pitching last year, and it ended up working out pretty well," said Hal Steinbrenner told a group of reporters, including Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. "I'm still a little concerned about our rotation."

And when the Yankees have a concern, you can bet they're going to do what it takes to fix it ...

"There are some concerns, and we're going to address them," Steinbrenner added.

Considering this is a team with the expectations of winning the World Series every single season and had a payroll north of $200 million last season, there's reason to believe they'll go after some arms. Remember, Tuesday night we wrote that the Yankees had met with the agent for both C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt. Yu Darvish and Mark Buehrle could also be in the mix.

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Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Steinbrenner: Yankees rotation is a 'concern'

Sign Buehrle AND get the Yu Darvish deal done already!  Mark is a winner and Darvish has the best numbers of ANY pitcher to come from the Far East EVER!  Take the chance, we've got the money - spend it or flush it who cares!  Can't be any worse than Igawa!



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:11 am
 

Steinbrenner: Yankees rotation is a 'concern'

Hey Matt slow news day??  It`s like saying the Red Sawx have turmoil in their clubhouse.  i don`t wnat the Ynaks to overpay for CJ Wilson or Buehrle, although Buehrle could handle it in NY.  Oswalt would be an interesting add say as a 4th or 5th starter allowing him to rest at points.  Just don`t see him taking a pay cut or wanting to be in NY. Give the Marlins a call they suddenly are loaded $$.   



Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:36 am
 

Steinbrenner: Yankees rotation is a 'concern'

win what the alds?? big fricking deal. Pitching may not be everything but it certainly is a big part of it. I dont think Philly lost due completely because of their pitching failures. You need a combination of both and getting hot at the right time. 


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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Steinbrenner: Yankees rotation is a 'concern'

The Yankees never made it a priority to improve their starting pitching (they have poured millions upon millions on position players) so why are they so intent on improving it now? When they signed Burnett, Sabathia, Garcia, and Colon you know the Yankees only care about the regular season and not about the post season. Pitching rules in the playoffs. The Texas Rangers got pawned for a second straight year in the World Series even though their lineup consists of table setters and home run hitters. CJ Wilson is/was their best pitcher and he is not a top tier starter.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Steinbrenner: Yankees rotation is a 'concern'

I agree, you shouldn't overreact and sign overrated players at any position.  But how can C.J Wilson be an "overrated bum"?  Those are pretty harsh words for a guy that won a lot of games the last 2 years with a 3.30 era one season and a sub 3 era last season.
For the amount the Yankees would have to shell out for him, he absolutely would not be worth what he is making.  I see CJ as a left-handed version of AJ Burnett if he signed with the Yankees.  Just not a good fit in my opinion.  

If the Yanks can't get Buehrle, then I think they should wait until next offseason where there will be a much stronger free agent class of starting pitchers.  I don't see anything wrong with the Yankees giving a guy from the farm like Noesi a chance to be in the rotation.  If A-Rod can stay healthy and Montero can continue to develop, the Yankee offense is good enough to carry a rotation of CC, Nova, AJ, Hughes, and Noesi into the playoffs IMO.  Once the playoffs start, anything can happen as evidenced by this past year!



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Steinbrenner: Yankees rotation is a 'concern'

The problem with that thinking RedWing is this. Steinbrenner is looking at next year, you said that about this years team and you were mostlyt wrong. The yanks pitching wasn't really their problem last year. Truth is Garcia and Colon worked out OK, don't even know at this point that either one of these guys is in their plans for next year. They will sign Buehrle and likely try one of their other young pitchers from the farm to go with CC, Nova and Hughes. They always could still make deal. Lot more options this year than last....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Steinbrenner: Yankees rotation is a 'concern'

I realize that the Yankee starting rotation is a question mark, but that doesn't mean that the Yankees should overreact and sign an overrated bum like CJ Wilson or Yu Darvish to a big  agent contract.  If it were me, I'd rather attempt to sign Buehrle since he would be cheaper than Wilson and Darvish or look into having somebody from the farm system like Hector Noesi step into the rotation.  

I agree, you shouldn't overreact and sign overrated players at any position.  But how can C.J Wilson be an "overrated bum"?  Those are pretty harsh words for a guy that won a lot of games the last 2 years with a 3.30 era one season and a sub 3 era last season. All of that in a hitters park in Texas.   With that being said, I like Buerle and believe he would do great in New York.  The question is how much is he going to demand to play in New York?  I'm not so sure he's going to come as cheap as some people think he's going to come. I've always been a believer that it's not just the Yankees overpaying because they can afford to overpay, but I think good players demand a little more from a team like New York as well.  If you were Buerhle and A.J Burnett is going to be your teammate, do you not ask for a lot of money?  I mean, A.J was coming from Toronto with an era around 4 his last 2 seasons for the Jays and the Yankees made him a wealthy man.  I doubt Buehrle is going to come as cheap as many think...


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