May 10, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Can't Afford To Wait For Injured Players To Return


The Yankees biggest need right now lies in their starting pitching. Trotting out Vidal Nuno every fifth day isn’t going to cut it at this point. For all the complaining I’ve done about Brian Roberts (who can be replaced internally #promotepirela) the Yanks are going to have to go outside the organization to fill the rotation. They can’t wait around for CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda.

Why? Because they are a ways away.

GM Brian Cashman spoke to the media as HOPE Week begins for the Yankees and said as much.

“We’re both looking at a ways away for both of those guys still,” Cashman said. “We look forward to getting them back and we anticipate getting them back but unfortunately it’s not on the horizon right now.”

Adam Warren is probably the most logical candidate, however, him being a reliever for this long it would probably take way too long for him to be stretched out.

They have to look outside the organization, though they may have to wait another month for the entire market to develop. They do have to act, though, and sooner the better.

Shane Greene, Bryan Mitchell and Alfredo Aceves aren’t the best replacements for Nuno and the Yankees don’t really have anywhere else to turn.

Sabathia and Pineda may come back. Or not. Who knows at this point.

“You’re in a time frame now that within the game anything can happen with any team trade wise,” Cashman said.

Anything can happen. And for the Yankees a trade needs to be that.

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