New York Yankees’ setup man Adam Warren has been the subject of speculation regarding his role with the team.
Some, including certain members of the team’s front office, believe that Warren could help the Bombers the most from the rotation. Warren has a 2.08 ERA as well as 39 strikeouts, in 39 innings pitched so far this season as the Yankees’ 8th inning man.
I am one of those people who believe that. Their bullpen, anchored by closer David Robertson and Dellin Betances, is strong enough where they could lose a guy like Warren, and still manage to be dominant. Also, he did well out of the rotation in spring training. Warren was 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 5 games (4 starts) this spring,
Even though I believe Warren could help as a starter, it should be only temporary, as they won’t have enough rotation spots come August. He would be replacing Vidal Nuno, who couldn’t get any worse if he tried.
Once the big lefty returns, the Yankees will need to demote somebody or send them to the bullpen, and unless Warren defies expectations, he would likely be put back in the ‘pen, especially with the improvement of David Phelps and the recent success of Chase Whitley.