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Girardi not expecting major changes to the rotation

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With Freddy Garcia and CC Sabathia back in the mix, the Yankees have five starters returning from last season. They also have Hector Noesi coming off a solid big league debut, a trio of Triple-A prospects who have handled the International League, and the top pitching prospects in the organization — Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances — knocking on the door.

Joe Girardi told The Daily News that he wouldn’t be surprised to see very little change in the rotation between now and Opening Day.

“I think we’ll look at maybe possibly adding some more depth to it, but I feel pretty good about these guys,” Girardi said.

Girardi said he expects an Opening Day rotation of Sabathia, Garcia, A.J. Burnett, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes.

Obviously that expectation could change between now and then — and obviously Girardi has to create a public image of confidence — but Girardi also said he’s basing his expectations on the organization’s shift toward player development. It might no longer be standard operating procedure for the Yankees to pay top dollar for the top players on the market. The organization seems to be growing more selective, and growing more determined to grow its own talent.

“I think our club is starting to try to develop a little bit more,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you feel that you can overpay for pitching, and it can cost you.”

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32 Responses to “Girardi not expecting major changes to the rotation”

  1. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Pete Rose with his ah ‘gal pal’ and info. on his new gig. LOL!

    What a pair in the picture!

  2. austinmac November 30th, 2011 at 3:16 pm


    A BBC program I would recommend to you is Foyle’s War, also available on Netflix.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 30th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    “Girardi said he expects an Opening Day rotation of Sabathia, Garcia, A.J. Burnett, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes”


    Just a quick fly by to say hey to all my lohud buds. I am in the Atlantic City Public Library typing this. That means I couldn’t even afford the computer fee in the hotel I’m staying in! That should give you some indication of the $uccess of my four-day jaunt here. Well I still have the rest of today…

    Hope all is well by everyone there. I haven’t really been glued to a television set so don’t know if there are any big doings. Happy to see the opening day rotation! I feel good about that rotation.

    Later y’all!


  4. Pat M. November 30th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    One thing to keep in mind is that Ivan Nova didn’t have the huge jump in innings like Hughes had from 09-2010, so I feel that he could stay close to where he was in 2010…….When I mention that The Yanks will take a long close look at CJ Wilson because it’ll free up some of those farm assets that Cashman likes to refer too in hopes to obtain a good young hitting outfielder which the club really does need…….I think the club wants to improve in that area…..Gardner is a swing type of 4th outfielder or a late inning defensive replacement option…..The Yanks will not be staying put this winter….I was talking to a scout who has watched Cito Culver play and he thinks the kid could be ready in 3 years…….

  5. ADam November 30th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    “Sometimes you feel that you can overpay for pitching, and it can cost you.” Chad left out Girardi going “Cough Cough…. Burnett, Cough Cough, Igawa.. Cough Cough Soriano, Cough Cough… Feliciano…”

  6. dan l November 30th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Girardi just shut your stupid mouth! No one wants to hear from you ever! Cashman please fire him ASAP!

  7. 108 stitches November 30th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    What Girardi says can’t possibly be the exact order of the rotation. Even if Burnett is still around, he’s no more than a No. 5 starter. Ivan Nova has the confidence now to be the No. 2 starter. A well conditioned Phil Hughes wants to make a case and Noesi could be the biggest surprise of all if given the opportunities.
    This is obviously early observation on Girardi’s part and is in no way tipping the hand of Cashman’s thoughts.

  8. UnKnown November 30th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Ran across a Nick Cafardo piece about a month ago stating that he thought Bobby V should be the next Manager of the Sux. The comment section was littered with negativity about that take.

    Now those same clown fans are on Pete Abe’s Extra Bases applauding and excited about the move.

    I guess when you are faced with no other choice it’s easy to take a 180 on your position.

    All I got to say is that this is going to be really BAD for the Sux, which makes it really GOOD for the Yankees. It is going to be a circus in beantown with too many people in positions of power that have HUGE egos

  9. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    No way Cashman can be confortable with that Rotation. Cashman said, “pitching, pitching, pitching”, and signing Garcia alone does not fill out that dancing card. Cashman is gonna get a solid 2 or 3 Slotter before all is done.

  10. GreenBeret7 November 30th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    dogface November 30th, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    According to Mike Francessa…


    3 words I wouldn’t put much stock in when it comes to all matters baseball.


    Unless this is a new math, that’s four words

  11. m November 30th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    What the Yankees say publicly is not the same thing as what they discuss and feel privately. I wouldn’t mind them pursuing Garza, otherwise, I’m okay until there’s a major issue with one of the projected starters. We have the depth and we have tradeable prospects to deal with any contingencies that may present themselves.


    Will check it out. Have you seen Midsomer Murders? The first 10 seasons are on Netflix. The subsequent seasons are elsewhere online.

  12. m November 30th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Also, I would bid on Darvish. But nothing ridiculous. $30-35M. Won’t get it done, most likely, but anything more would start to look silly. I’d rather spend the money elsewhere.

  13. LGY November 30th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Don’t buy it. The Yankees are walking away from the Winter Meetings with another starting pitcher in tow.

  14. m November 30th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    The early reviews are in, and some of the inmates are NOT happy with the Bobby V hiring. No wonder they kept his name out of the rumors:

    “They’re going to have a mess on their hands,” the source said when asked what would happen if Valentine, who at that time was just one of several candidates, was hired.

    ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney had heard similar rumblings, citing sources Wednesday saying that “some Red Sox players have been upset” that Valentine had emerged as a candidate and have been “grumbling to each other, through texts and phone calls.”

    The revelation lends further credence to the perception that Valentine was not the preferred candidate for some in the organization initially. After five candidates were publicly known to have interviewed (a list that did not include Valentine) at the beginning of the process, sources indicated to that Dale Sveum was the front-runner.

  15. Pat M. November 30th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    LGY…….I agree with you about the club adding another starter….I also think they will be looking for an upgrade in the outfield….

  16. LGY November 30th, 2011 at 4:07 pm


    What do you think they do if they add another starter? Trade Burnett? Hughes to the BP?

  17. Irreverent Discourse November 30th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Bret – If you are lurking somewhere out there… this is for you.

    I shed a tear for you pal. :p

  18. PittsburghYankeeFan November 30th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Chernobyl on the Charles River…get your front row seats and make your popcorn.

  19. Chip November 30th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Don’t know if it has been mentioned or not – but Kelvim Escobar is attempting a comeback by pitching in Winter Ball. He hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2009 but after the success the Yankees had with Bartolo Colon it wouldn’t shock me if Escobar shows any signs of life for them to offer him a minor league deal.

    DeJesus gets a 2 year $10 mil deal with the Cubbies to be their starting RF. On the one hand, this makes sense – he’s inexpensive, gives them a left handed hitter at the top of their lineup and is a solid player. On the other hand…wither Tyler Colvin.

  20. austinmac November 30th, 2011 at 4:22 pm


    I have seen a number of the Midsomer Murders. Very good.

    I understand wanting to spend money other than on Darvish. But on what or whom?

  21. bruceb November 30th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Sorry to hear you haven’t managed to hit the jackpot yet Trisha. Better luck later, whatever your poison (don’t play the 3-card poker whatever you do)!

  22. pat November 30th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    JackCurryYESJack Curry
    @CC_Sabathia joins me, @BobLorenz and @BloggingBombers on Yankees Baseball Daily at 7 PM on YES tonight.

  23. lounge lizard November 30th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Stagnation prediction:

    “Pitching, pitching, pitching” means, for this offseason, Freddy Garcia and maybe a reclamation project such as Kyle Drabek. If a major rotation piece were in the offing, a chunk of the limited money available would not have been spent on Freddy. And Hughes isn’t being sent to the pen to make room in the rotation for another piece.

    Plan/hope for the B’s to ride to the rescue in 2013/14.

  24. Villa Nova-Ya November 30th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Rescue? the Yankees are in trouble? News to me.

  25. blake November 30th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Drabek is a little young to be labeled as a reclamation project don’t ya think…..

  26. theREALkevin November 30th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    That rotation is…. Questionable to say the least.

  27. Red Robin November 30th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    ” Girardi not expecting major changes to the rotation ”

    Well . Then he shouldn’t expect to get to the world series in 2012 .

    Fair assessment ?

  28. Nick in SF November 30th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Any player that was part of a trade for a player that the Yankees coveted and for whom they either offered or would have offered a superior package is cursed.

    Drabek was part of the Halladay deal, no? Forget him.

    Smoak? Doomed!

  29. Eroc November 30th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    “Don’t buy it. The Yankees are walking away from the Winter Meetings with another starting pitcher in tow.”

    Hope so. Will be interesting to see who gets bumped out though. I don’t believe Cash is comfortable going into ST with the current rotation.

  30. lounge lizard November 30th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Drabek’s numbers in AAA in 2011 qualify him as a reclamation project, I’d say. The Blue Jays wouldn’t let him go unless they regarded him as somebody else’s reclamation project. Which isn’t to say they will.

    And Cashman might look elsewhere for similar. Reports were he almost traded Cervelli for Brad Lincoln at the deadline last year.

  31. blake November 30th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Drabek is 23 years old

  32. CCBiggs November 30th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Let’s face it: That’s a weak rotation, even assuming that Hughes can pitch a full season after coming after less than 100 innings in 2011. Yanks need to add a starter — a good one.

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