With Joba becoming a starter, what ramifications does this have on what the Yankees are thinking in terms of the 2009 rotation?
I thought there might be an outside chance the Yanks would bring Moose back on a 1-year deal if he continued to pitch well. But if you're going to pencil in Wang, Hughes, Chamberlain, and Kennedy, who is the other starter?
I am pretty sure Andy will want to come back in 2009- he has more or less said that the new stadium will help to influence that decision. The only way I see him retiring is if he just has a disaster season and doesn't want to invest in getting ready for the grind- and that's assuming the Yanks want him. I think the Yankees would value Pettitte if for no other reason that he's a left-handed starter. If you asked me now, I expect Pettitte to pitch for the Yankees in 2009.
So is Moose the odd-man out? At the beginning of the season, I would have thought it was a foregone conclusion that 2008 was it for him in a Yankee uniform, but now that he's pitching pretty well, I could see his stay extended. I would be surprised if he retired, especially if he ends up winning a dozen or so games in 2008 and with the money that is there to be had and the fact that he is probably a borderline HOFer right now- anything he can add to his win total would help to solidify his candidacy. What do you guys think about the rotation in 2009? Sabathia? Pettitte? Moose?