To put some specifics on the matter, the Yankees added two new veteran pitchers between 2011 and 2012. One, Hiroki Kuroda, was given an eight figure salary for one year, and has arguably been the team’s most valuable pitcher over the course of the season. The other, Andy Pettitte, signed a relatively meager non-guaranteed minor league contract, and was quite possibly the team’s best pitcher before a line drive put him on the disabled list. There’s just no way I can get behind any argument that either of those two signings was a mistake in any way, considering how valuable Kuroda and Pettitte have been to the Yankees this season.
The idea that the Yankees have ostracized young pitchers in 2012 doesn’t really withstand scrutiny very well either. After all, had everything gone according to plan the team’s Opening Day rotation would have included two second year starters in Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova (the latter having also started two ALDS games for the Yankees in 2011), as well as Phil Hughes.… Click here to read the rest