In this post from Peter Abraham Cashman is quoted as saying that the Yankees want two pitchers. They won't be "one and done" on that front. He also said that Wang and Joba are the only pitchers he currently has going into next season, a clear shot at Alfredo Aceves who is probably in tears right now. Don't worry Aceves, by my math, if Wang and Joba are the only pitchers we have, and Cashman signs 2 more pitchers that still leaves one opening on the rotation that you can compete against Pavano and Ponson for. Unless of course, Cashman decides to go for a 4 man rotation seeing the obvious benefit of Sabathia getting an extra 7 or 8 starts a season.
Eric Milton and Victor Zambrano are now free agents again. They both spent the year rehabbing on the Yankees' dime and will now likely go elsewhere. Those have to be the worse free agent signings ever. Well, close anyway:
It kind of reminds me of when we signed Octavio Dotel only to see him rehab all season, pitch terribly in the brief time he did pitch, and then sign a ridiculous contract with the Royals. We need to stop letting players rehab on our dime. I know we have the money, but c'mon. These one year deals for players coming off of major surgery are just not necessary.
Ian Kennedy is going to play winter ball, which is good. Here's hoping he recovers the magic he showed last September in his brief 3 start call up. He was unhittable then. Now? Very hittable. On that front, Hughes made a good start last night in the Arizona Fall League. He went 5 innings and did not allow a run. He's been a curious case, combining horrible starts with good ones to keep an odd balance. Consistency will be the key for him.
Lastly, the Yankees signed Sergio Mitre to a minor league deal thus neglecting the advice I offered two paragraphs ago against signing players rehabbing from major injuries. Mitre who is recovering from Tommy John, should be back in the mix by mid-summer unless there are any set backs, which there always is with Tommy John. Cashman did learn from his previous mistakes and included a club option for 2010, which means that Mitre can rehab on our dime for two seasons instead of one.