michael_pineda--300x300Yeah right. Joe Girardi has said that beyond CC Sabathia and Hideki Kodora the others are competing for spots 3-5. You and I both know this is just BS. I will bet money that the three and four spot go to Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova. Both these guys were double digit winners last season and there is zero chance one of them ends up in the bull pen or the minors. The only possible question will be the fifth spot, which in all likelihood will go to Phil Hughes. This will put Freddy Garcia as the long man and spot starter.

However all eyes will be on  Hughes when he takes the mound this spring. If his velocity or control isn’t there than there is a chance for Garcia to muscle the rotation spot away from him.

Spring training is in full swing and beyond the imaginary battle for the fifth spot in the rotation the roster is fairly set. The only competitions are for a bull pen spot and a utility role. The back up infield spots will almost certainly go to Eduardo Nunez and Eric  Chavez baring injury, so this is an imaginary battle as well. As far as back up catcher goes it will be Francisco Cervelli. Austin Romaine, although the backstop of the future, has had back issues and likely  wont see any playing time until the end of spring.

Newly acquired  Pineda took the mound yesterday and pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. One of the concerns with signing Pineda was his inability to throw a quality Change up. Well all that has seemed to change as  under the guidance of pitching guru Larry Rothschild Pineda’s changeup looked good if not impressive yesterday as he was able to use it to record two outs.

The Yankees are 2-1 in Grapefruit league action and today will face the Pirates. Tomorrows game will be against the Rays and will be televised on YES.

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