Pete Caldera from The Record has a new post up on his blog discussing whether the Yankees should have Phil Hughes or Andy Pettitte as their fifth starter in the upcoming season so I figured I'd do something similar. Hey, why not?
In recent days many articles have come out that make it seem that the Yankees are content with not bringing back Pettitte and going with Hughes or another one of their younger players.
I still believe Hughes will be a good starter eventually, and for the Yankees future it may be smart to get him in that role now as opposed to having him rot in the minors for another year. But I also feel that for 2009 the Yankees it may be better with a guy like Pettitte anchoring the rotation. Especially when you consider that Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes will both have strict innings limits.
And with those innings limits, as well as the potential for an injury or two to hit the staff, Hughes will likely get a chance to make some starts in '09 anyway. So based on all that I still think the Yanks should bring back Pettitte. He gives the Yankees another veteran, and more importantly, someone who can give them 200 innings.
But what do you think, should the Yankees go with Pettitte, Hughes, or another young starter? Vote in the poll on the left or leave a comment below. Thanks.