4 Nov 2015
The Yankees have plenty of potential in their rotation, and lots of questions Let’s take a look.
Rotation- Tanaka, Pineda, Severino, Eovaldi, Nova
Backups- Sabathia, Mitchell, Warren
On the 40-man- Whitley (60-day DL right now)
Assuming Eovaldi is healthy (he was throwing in early October) the Yankees have 8 names for 5 spots. The problem is, which 5 names are best suited for the rotation next year, and which are not? I would argue that my listing of names is the best combination, but would the Yankees really leave Sabathia out of the rotation? Will Eovaldi keep maturing? Will Pineda ever develop fully? Is Severino ready to pitch a whole season in the bigs? Is Tanaka truly healthy? My instinct says that Yankees have enough internal options that they won’t go outside the organization to supplement this rotation, but if the right name comes along at the right price, I suspect they will pounce.
Bullpen- Miller, Betances, Wilson are the obvious locks
Backups- Warren (if not in the rotation) Lindgren, Pazos, Cotham, Bailey, Goody, Pinder….you get the idea
The trio of Miller, Betances and Wilson are a dynamic end to the bullpen and I suspect the Yankees would like to add a 4th arm to that group. Warren might be it, if they decide not to try to force him into the rotation. If not, I suspect they might engineer another trade, like they did last offseason for Wilson, to provide fortification for the pen.
And that will probably be it, because the Yankees used a very effective rotation of relievers from Scranton to New York and back again in 2015. I would bet they repeat that process again this year, leaving one or two spots in the bullpen as almost flex spots. They will add a long guy, hopefully not Capuano, and that will be the way they head into 2016.