Joba is not a starting pitching option for Yankees

NEW YORK — There you have it. You can put that to rest now. Joba Chamberlain will not be returning as a starting pitcher for the Yankees, even though the club has serious questions after the first two spots in its rotation.

“No, Joba’s in the ‘pen,” general manager Brian Cashman assured Thursday.

That day, the Yankees announced the signing of Russell Martin as their new starting catcher, which gives them the flexibility to perhaps use highly rated prospect Jesus Montero as a trade chip to acquire pitching help — something the Yankees’ skipper believes his club needs.

“We need to add another guy to our rotation,” manager Joe Girardi said, “there’s no doubt about it.”

Meanwhile, the Yankees have been linked to a few relievers recently. ESPNNewYork.com reported that they’re making “a little progress” with lefty Pedro Feliciano, and Rafael Soriano’s name has come up a lot (though it seems like a long shot because of his asking price). Jon Heyman of SI.com and MLB Network wrote that the Yankees’ search for lefty relief could also turn them to Brian Fuentes and Arthur Rhodes.

– Alden Gonzalez   

4 Comments

There are numerous options for the Yankees as far as starting pitchers! Trade or free agent signing is the first decision. FA’s available: RHP B. Bannister, RHP J. Bonderman, LHP J. Francis, RHP J. Maine, RHP B. Webb, RHP B. Penny to name a few out there. Trades: 1) Greinke to Cubs, Zambrano to NYY, package from NYY to KC 2) NYY trades for OF J. Upton, then trades OF Gardner or Granderson for SP. Same can be said for a RP.

Hey Alden, why doesn’t Cashman have to provide an answer on WHY a 25 year old pitcher who was topping out at 98 last fall and who was a very good starter in his first year in the rotation (2008) is just finished as a starter for the Yankees?

This is never explained, though there’s idle speculation.The Yankees blew his service time too. What gives???

yeah right, joba a starting pitcher again. he can’t even relieve yet, let alone start. yeah, that’d be the smartest thing cashman could do for this team….omg, help me rhonda.

yeah right, joba a starting pitcher again. he can’t even relieve yet, let alone start. yeah, that’d be the smartest thing cashman could do for this team….omg, help me rhonda.

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