The Yankees have a night game in Sarasota, so there’s not much going on this morning. To kill some time before we get lineups, I’ll ask this question.
Do the Yankees need a second lefty?
They went through most of last season with only Phil Coke, and they’ve established that Damaso Marte is going to be used more as a matchup lefty than as a setup reliever. It’s hard to carry a second left-hander unless he can also pitch in long relief or in late-inning situations against both lefties and righties.
Boone Logan and Royce Ring have each pitched well this spring, but both can also be sent to Triple-A without passing through waivers. If it comes down to a second lefty or a traditional long man, who would you rather carry? There are basically two spots* for Logan, Ring, Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves. Mitre is the only one who can’t be sent to the minors.
* Granted, the Yankees could open with an eight-man bullpen until their fifth starter is needed, but eventually there will be only seven.