Without Ayala, the answer would appear to be no. Cory Wade has been great for the Yankees. And his strikeout to walk ratio against left-handed batters (5.50) was actually better against left-handed batters than it was against right-handed batters (3.17). But his OPS against is much higher against left-handed batters. Wade had the impressive OPS against of .541 against right-handed batters, but that jumps to an OPS against of .730 against left-handed batters.
Rafael Soriano didn’t have much fun in his first year as a Yankee. The fans turned on him early and he became a bit of a whipping post by writers. It didn’t help that he signed an inflated contract against the wishes of Brian Cashman. Looking at his splits from last year, his sole problem was with left-handed batters. Against right-handed batters, Soriano had a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.30 and they only had an OPS of .477 when facing him. That strikeout to walk ratio shrunk alarmingly to 1.15 against left-handed batters and those types of hitters had an OPS against him of .830. So bringing in Soriano to face a lefty swinging batter isn’t something for those with a weak stomach.
What about Joba Chamberlain when he comes back in June? Well, yes, that will help. Joba has been equally effective against right-handed and left-handed batters in the last two seasons. Once he returns, perhaps the need for a second lefty becomes less at that point. But we still don’t know and won’t know how effective Chamberlain will be until he is actually throwing against major league hitters again.
If the Yankees need a second lefty, is Cesar Cabral that guy? Cabral has been coveted by the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Rays as he was a part of the Rule 5 and waiver roulette year. Nothing can be gained by looking at his first two spring appearances. The sample size and quality of hitters he has faced simply cannot give us any kind of gauge on how effective he is. But his minor league stats show and impressive strikeout rate. He is young but he could be useful. So, yes, Cabral would be the second lefty out of the pen if the Yankees choose to go that route–at least until Joba Chamberlain returns.
If Cabrel travels north with the team once the regular season starts, then an interesting decision will have to be made once Chamberlain returns. Such decisions affect the depth of the Yankees’ bench. Boone Logan has been a nice addition to the Yankees’ bullpen over the last two seasons. He has earned the trust to handle tough situations. But an effective second left-handed option out of the bullpen would be a nice luxury to have.