Greetings, Brian Heyman here pinch hitting this week for the vacationing Chad.
Mark Teixeira was supposed to appear today at the Times Square Visitor Center as part of an event to promote Thursday’s inaugural Pinstripe Bowl between Syracuse and Kansas State at Yankee Stadium. The event was originally cancelled because of the snowstorm aftermath, but it has now been rescheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m. It will feature an unveiling of the George M. Steinbrenner championship trophy that goes to the winning team.
So what should the Yankees do about this rotation problem if Andy Pettitte indeed retires? There’s a lack of depth since the top prospects like Dellin Betances and Manuel Banuelos almost assuredly need more minor-league time. Can the offense compensate? And why would Larry Rothschild be able to make A.J. Burnett consistent when Dave Eiland couldn’t? Questions, questions.
Even if Pettitte does come back, they still need depth in case of potential injuries. But CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Pettitte, Burnett and Ivan Nova could be wild-card worthy, not that there aren’t questions about most of the group.
If Pettitte doesn’t come back and Sergio Mitre is next in line, they have to make a move. The thing is, the alternatives, possibly Joe Blanton, Freddy Garcia or Jeff Francis, aren’t particularly appealing, either, at least to me. How about to you? The Phillies could move Blanton after investing so much in Cliff Lee. Both Garcia and Francis have had shoulder problems in the past. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
If any news comes up this week, we’ll be posting it here. Stay warm.