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Eighty-Seven Days till Opening Day – What’s Left on the Yankees’ To-Do List?
Thursday, January 05, 2006
The time since the sad end of game five of the ALDS has gone by faster than I expected. The World Series was exciting, the rounds of awards were briefly interesting though unsurprising, and the desiccated free agent market made for some interesting trades. Despite going slow out of the gates, the Yankees have made some very wise moves for 2006. They dropped Wommack, signed Cairo for the second time, bolstered their bullpen with Farnsworth and Dotel, and swooped in on Damon. With all these improvements, my mind wonders what the Yankees could have left to do in the last eighty-seven days of the off season…

Upon looking at the current roster, the Yankees seem to have no holes to fill in the offense or defense. The batting lineup alone looks intimidating enough to put a snag in even B.J. Ryan’s stride and the bullpen, which needed the most work of all, has seen quite a turnaround. The only thing that the Yankees could possibly have left to do before the start of the season is to hammer down their starting pitching. They currently have approximately 196.4 starting pitchers (just an estimate), and while I suppose there is strength in numbers it is important to remember that 167.8 of those pitchers have proven to be shaky and somewhat less than reliable. Pavano, for one, is still thought to be somewhat tradable, although it’s not clear to whom or for whom, and while Small and Wang did well last season we haven’t seen enough of them to know that they’ll sustain the momentum they showed last year. I anticipate the Yankees to make at least one pitching-related move to create the ideal starting pitching rotation before spring training begins, whether it’s trading Pavano or, hey, how about signing Clemens?
posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, January 05, 2006  
1 Comments:
  • At 6:20 PM, Blogger whatever said…

    While the Yankees have seven starting pitchers at this point in time, considering Mussina, Pavano, Wright, and Wang all had injury problems last year, Randy Johnson will be 43 before the season is over, and Shawn Chacon and Aaron Small both came out of nowhere, that seven starter scenario could change in a hurry. I'm thinking the Yankees will let it ride as is, figuring the rotation will sort itself out in spring training or early in the season.

    There have been rumors Pavano could be dealt, but with the uncertainty of his pitching shoulder,and 3 yrs. and approximately $30 million left on his contract, he would be hard to trade. Pavano was really a big disappointment last year. It would be nice to see him get back to pitching like he did for the Marlins in 2004.

    As for Clemens, his annual " will he retire-will he pitch another year " guessing game is getting a little old. I can't imagine him coming back to the Yanks after already saying goodbye once.

     
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