Yankees’ Rotation Coming in
The Yankees greatly improved their team on January 23, when they sent top prospect Jesus Montero and reliable pitcher Hector Noesi, for Michael Pineda and top prospect Jose Campos. Michael Pineda went 9-10 last year with a 3.74 ERA. But remember, he played for the Mariners, a team that had a .414 winning percent. Also, Michael Pineda has a great fastball that let him make the All-Star team last year. He is reliable and can easily slide into the number 2,3, or 4 spot.
On February 18, the Yankees agreed to trade A.J. Burnett for minor leaguers Exicardo Cayones and Diego Moreno, after having difficulty with Burnett over the past 2 seasons. That trade left more space for the fighting back ends of the rotation.
On January 13, 2012, Kuroda agreed to a one year contract worth around $10–11 million. He was added to the Yankees roster on January 26, 2012. He is going to be in the rotation almost indefinitely.
On March 16, the Yankees signed Andy Pettitte to a minor league contract worth 2.5 million. Pettitte has been impressing the Yankees so much that he has a good chance of making the back end of the rotation.
I think the Yankees will put CC Sabathia in the first spot. Then in the second spot it will be tough but they will put Hiroki Kuroda
, followed by Michael Pineda, the Ivan Nova. The fifth will probably be Phil Hughes or Freddy Garcia. I think it will be Phil Hughes because of what he did in 2010. I think he just had this bad season because of injuries.
But until then no one will know.