The New York Yankees are certainly in trouble with their pitching rotation. They actually don’t have a rotation. They have ace Gerrit Cole, but that is pretty much it. At the end of the World Series, they lost Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ. All because they became free agents and were not offered qualifying offers to remain with the team.
Other than the other holes, this puts the New York Yankees in the same situation they were last season; no real second premium pitcher to back up Cole. If the Yankees take Masahiro Tanaka bac, which some believe they will, they will be in the same position this year as they were last. Usually, when you apply the same thinking to a situation that didn’t work the first time, it likely will produce the same result… failure!
After a season of unprecedented loss by the Yankees and all MLB teams, due to the coronavirus, it’s doubtful that there will be any huge buys by teams that are cash short. There is also the factor to consider that teams don’t have any clear picture of what a 2021 season will look like. But there is no question that the Yankees must get another premium pitcher in that rotation.
Shockingly, ex-Yankee manager Buck Showalter has come up with a rotation that is all “Rookie.” Showalter on the “Hot Stove” that the Yankees should go “young.” He mentioned Jordan Montgomery, Deivi Garcia, Clarke Schmidt, and even recently protected minor leaguers Alexander Vizcaino, Roansy Contreras, and Yoendrys Gomez. Although this would indeed be adorable with a rotation stacked with rookies, it is more risky than cute.
Although it’s not impossible that these great New York Yankees prospect could technically pull it off, it isn’t very likely at best. Deivi Garcia made his major league debut at the end of the season, Schmidt only pitched in a few games, and the others have never started a game in the majors. Showalter is a highly respected manager, and it would make me wonder what he was thinking. Possibly feeling the Yankees wouldn’t go out a get a big name to back up Cole, he suggested in desperation.
Mid-season, the Yankees will be getting back Luis Severino from Tommy John surgery, and if Hal Steinbrenner agrees to allow the return of Domingo German, he could fill in that number two spot. At the beginning of the season, that would produce a lineup of Cole, German, Montgomery, Tanaka, if they can work out a deal, and Garcia anchoring the rotation. Although not perfect, that would seem to be the way to go, not with all untried rookies.
Showalter also suggested a 100 game season for 2021; listen below.
Rotation depth will be key in 2021, says Buck Showalter. pic.twitter.com/dkwpWYdn0m
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) November 24, 2020