With Ivan Nova seemingly in line for at least one of the spots after firing six hitless innings against the Orioles his last time out and Sergio Mitre heading for a long reliever role, it appears to be down to Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia for the last slot.2011 Spring Training Stats:
Both have outs in their contracts that could make them free agents, and it is unclear if both pitchers would accept assignments to the bullpen.
"I think we're going to have to make that [decision] sooner than later," Cashman said. "Ultimately, we have guys who have outs in their contracts with Garcia and Colon. We have to stretch guys out and start defining roles sooner than later."
- Colon - 3.00 ERA, 9 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
- Garcia - 4.70 ERA, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K ... (has also allowed 3 ER in 4 IP so far today vs. the Jays)
Put yourselves in the Yankees shoes, who is your fifth starter?