Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Yankees Will Consider Six Man Rotation to Start 2015

The idea of the New York Yankees throwing out a six man starting rotation has been circulating for at least two seasons now and the idea may become a reality in 2015. Larry Rothschild is a big component and advocate for the six man rotation and may bring that idea to New York at least in April and May of this season. The exact wording from Rothschild was "at times" so it's not like we the team would carry six starting pitchers all the time, more like a spot starter from time to time, but you have to start somewhere I guess.

New York plays a stretch of 13 consecutive games at the end of April and 17 straight games at the beginning of May which may be the perfect opportunities to employ the idea. The less innings you can put on Masahiro Tanaka, who may be throwing his first bullpen sessions this week, CC Sabathia and others the better in my opinion. The Yankees did not go after one of the highly touted starting pitching free agents this season and it was always argued that the team could get comparable innings and results spread across two or even three pitchers, that notion may come to fruition if Rothschild gets his way.

Obvious candidates that come to mind for the sixth spot are Scott Baker, Esmil Rogers, Adam Warren, Chase Whitley and Bryan Mitchell depending on the health of Ivan Nova. Stay tuned.


  1. Pushing The Envelope Words....from Cole Hamels today.

    Sometimes when a player speaks his true feelings, his team will get annoyed / angered
    and things will happen. See what you think.

    [February 18, 2015 at 3:49pm CST]

    Phillies lefty Cole Hamels would prefer to be dealt to a contender......

    “I want to go to a place where I can win again,” said Hamels........
    Hamels did indicate that he wants to play for a winning ballclub, saying “I know it’s not going to happen here.”

    Those are strong words in this modern era.
    Sounds to me like he has accepted reality, and it's time to move on.
    Tanaka, Hamels, all. Hmmmm?.... Dreams are built on things like this.

    1. He would cost an absolute ton and would gut the farm... but at his age, his left arm, and his stats he may be worth it. Hate to take on the contract but what can you do.

    2. Daniel.....Sure, we all can imagine the price, and also the value he brings in return.

      My point, was that those were strong words.

      If these words were from a Yankee ball player...." get me out of here, we stink !"
      The fans would scream out..." Get this loser out of here !" and things would happen.

      Don't gut the farm, but stay on top of this.

    3. I didn't take it as a slap in the face or anything, the team is considering (or actively trying to) trade him and he just prefers it be to a contender. I think every player in his situation has said that at this point in his career and will.

      No one likes to lose. If the Yankees were actively trading say a Brett Gardner I'm sure he would want to go somewhere he was going to win too.


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