Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Aceves making 5th starter tough call

Alfredo Aceves is making his team's decision on a fifth starter as difficult as possible. And that's a good thing.

Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman have a tough call to make. Ace, who was fantastic both in the bullpen and as a spot starter last year, has been perfect so far in spring training and Cashman seems to be open to him in the rotation.

In an interview about 10 days ago, former Mets general manager Steve Phillips said the New York Yankees should put both Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain in the bullpen and hand the fifth starter spot to Aceves, Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre. He argued that by having both Phil and Joba set up Mariano Rivera, the Yankees could strengthen the bullpen and limit their starters to six-inning stints, keeping them fresh for the playoffs. Given the Yankees reliance on a three-man rotation last year, that's probably a wise choice

Ace is staking his claim to that fifth spot. If he keeps pitching the way he has, it will be hard not to give him the job.

Thanks to Giants27 via Wikipedia for the photo.

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