There has (understandably) been a lot of attention focused on the Yankees bullpen lately and there’s no doubt that it’s one of the few problem areas. When I talked to Brian Cashman yesterday, he said the bullpen is one of the obvious areas that the team will consider addressing as the trade deadline gets closer, but he mentioned that possible solutions could be both “internal or external.”
On the internal front, Cashman said the Yankees will be watching closely as versatile righty Sergio Mitre pitches tonight for the SWB Yankees. Mitre has been on the DL with an oblique injury but put up a 2.88 ERA in 25 innings before getting hurt and could be in line for a more prominent spot with the Yankees once he’s healthy.
Another option is Jonathan Albaladejo. He’s been up with the Yankees before and never been able to sustain success, yet he’s clearly having a great run in Triple-A right now and got the save in the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday night. Check out Donnie Collins’s story on that here.
Could the Yankees go outside for bullpen help? Sure. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they do. But there are also some interesting options inside the organization and you can bet that Mitre and Albaladejo will do whatever they can to make an impact.