Was there ever a more perfect time to use my favorite West Wing inspired headline?
Jesus Montero is gone. Hector Noesi is gone. The rotation is suddenly overflowing. The Yankees changed the course of their entire offseason last night.
And when there’s a splash like that, there will be ripples.
Losing Montero means the Yankees no longer have an obvious candidate to be their everyday designated hitter. But the team does want to use that spot to rest Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, and the free agent market still has some solid bats. There are already some indications that Carlos Pena might have jumped onto the radar.
It’s also hard not to notice that the Yankees suddenly have seven legitimate starting pitchers for five spots. You never have too much pitching, but the sudden abundance certainly opens the possibility of trading an arm for a bat. Will it happen? We’ll see. Obviously the potential is there.
As for losing Noesi, it’s hard to notice at the moment. With so much pitching coming into the picture, Noesi was a tiny piece of a big night. He could be a legitimate big league starter in the not-so-distant future, but the Yankees kept the rest of their considerable upper-level pitching depth. There’s a better chance that the Yankees will need a Noesi-type three years down the road, and they might have gotten that future Noesi-level prospect in Jose Campos.
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