A Look At The Yankees' In-House & Outside Options To Fill Gaping Rotation Holes

The New York Yankees' rotation is in tatters right now, with three projected starters in doubt—or definitely out—for Opening Day. Frankie Montas is out for at least the first half of the season after shoulder surgery, Carlos Rodon was just declared out for the start of the year with a "mild" forearm strain, and Nestor Cortes hasn't pitched yet this spring to a hamstring injury. 

So who fills the void in the rotation until Cortes and Rodon are ready to go?

Domingo Germán and Clarke Schmidt are first up, and will definitely fill two of the holes, joining Gerrit Cole and Luis Severino. But if Cortes isn't ready for the first week and another starter is needed, the Yankees have several other in-house candidates that they'd likely turn to. The list looks like this:

  • Deivi Garcia
  • Randy Vasquez
  • Yoendrys Gómez

All three are on the team's 40-man roster, though all were certainly not being counted on to make starts in the big league rotation this early in the season. As Ken Rosenthal referred to them, they were supposed to be "deep depth" arms.

He also notes a few outside free agent candidates that are still available:

  • Mike Minor
  • Chris Archer
  • Dylan Bundy

All have sported ERAs above 5.00 or even 6.00 within the past two seasons. Not ideal. 

And then of course there's one other big name that Rosenthal says will not be pursued by the Yankees: Trevor Bauer. 

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports