Yanks not making any pitching moves?

December, 20, 2010
Here's something that should bring a smile to your face:

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Monday that his team is prepared to go into the 2011 season with a rotation consisting of CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and a couple of young pitchers who may not have ever pitched above the Triple-A level.

"I'm not saying I want to do it," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com, "but I may have to do it."

Cashman is operating under the assumption that Andy Pettitte, back home in Deer, Park, Texas, following a an excellent season cut short by a groin injury, will not be returning for a 17th major league season.

"If we get Pettitte back, so much the better," Cashman said. "But I'm not waiting for him. He told me not to."

With Cliff Lee having signed with the Phillies, Pettitte mulling retirement and Zack Greinke being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, the pickings are slim among available starting pitchers -- with the exception of Carl Pavano, a free agent whose disastrous first Yankees tenure rules out the possibility of a second.

Cashman acknowledged his team could use a major league-ready starter as well as another arm in the bullpen but seemed pessimistic about the chances of making a significant addition before Opening Day.

"Could I go out and get a starter? Yes, I could. But there's just not much out there," Cashman said. "I have March, April, May, June and July, really, to come up with someone."

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