Ok, the Yanks look to have a great bullpen again. If they go with 12 pitchers, and 7 are in the bullpen (with the five-man starting rotation being Severino, Paxton, Tanaka, Happ and CC), you have
LHP Aroldis Chapman
LHP Zach Britton
RHP Dellin Betances
RHP Adam Ottavino
RHP Chad Green
That leaves two spots.
For one of those spots, I’d like Stephen Tarpley as the third lefty. He will be 26 in a few weeks, was brought up late last year and was 0-0, 3.00 in 10 games, 9 IP. Tarpley was 7-2, 1.94 between AA/AAA last season.
Now among the righty pitchers, I would like for 24 y.o. Jonathan Loaisiga to go to AAA and continue to be a starter but to build up his innings (he only pitched 80 of them last year, combined, between MLB and the minors). 26 y.o. Domingo German has an option left and would go to AAA to be “on call” in case of an injury, as Loaisiga would also be. German was 2-6, 5.57 in 21 games (14 starts) for the Yanks last year. He did show promise with 102 K in 85 2/3 IP. Now here is where it gets interesting. German was 2-5, 6.19 as a starter, but 0-1, 3.12 in relief.
Could the Yanks look at moving him into a Chad Green type role? Long man out of the bullpen/emergency-spot starter? Or are they still committed to having him start? If bullpen, he may make the team as that spot-emergency starter/long reliever. But if he is starting, he has an option left and would be at AAA to start the season.
The Yanks have to decide if German is better suited to middle relief or if they still want to see if he can start.
Luis Cessa has no options left. 27 in April, Cessa was 1-4, 5.24 in 16 games (5 starts) for the Yanks in 2018. His splits were not as drastic as German’s (6.50 ERA starting, 4.39 in relief) nor was his K/9 ratio as good as German’s.
Now here is where, to complete the Yankees’ bullpen, I suggest someone else.
Someone who is a free agent. Who is still out there.
Someone who has experienced NY, not once, but TWICE and has done well both times in NY.
Someone whose record as a Yankee is 20-20, but with an ERA of 3.18.
Someone who has experience as a starter. Who, in one year with the Yankees (2015), started 17 of the 43 games he pitched in that year.
Someone who last year, between the Yankees and Seattle, was 3-2, 3.14.
Someone who is perfect for that spot-emergency starter/long relief role. At the age of 31, it’s what he has done, and done well, and is used to.
Here is hoping Cashman may complete the Yankees’ bullpen by bringing back Adam Warren.
I don’t know how much $$$$ the Yanks have left to spend, but if they have enough left, wouldn’t Warren be the perfect last compliment to the bullpen?
What do you think?