The Yankees have some crucial spots to fill in 2014 as their two leading pitchers retire and a number of others head elsewhere. Here we list all the arms who contributed, good or bad, in 2013:
Dellin Betances 6 Games 10.80 ERA / .375 OBA / 2.20 WHIP
At the current time, Betances remains on the 40 man Yankees roster for 2014 and will feature in the 4th instalment in this series of articles.
Chris Bootcheck 1 Game 9.00 ERA / .400 OBA / 4.00 WHIP
After his one appearance for the Yankees, Bootcheck was designated for assignment on the 18th of June. He opted for free agency but then signed with the Yankees again, after an apparent change of mind. He has signed a minor league contract for 2014 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cesar Cabral 8 Games 2.45 ERA / .231 OBA / 1.09 WHIP
At the current time, Cabral remains on the 40 man Yankees roster for 2014 and will feature in the 4th instalment in this series of articles.
Joba Chamberlain 45 Games 4.93 ERA / .272 OBA / 1.71 WHIP
Chamberlain had another weak and controversial season for the Yankees and the Yankees will be glad to close the chapter on their association with Chamberlain who has never lived up to their expectations. Surprisingly, his value in the marketplace increased, with the Detroit Tigers willingly to risk a 1-year $2.5m contract for 2014.
Preston Claiborne 44 Games 4.11 ERA / .260 OBA / 1.29 WHIP
At the current time, Claiborne remains on the 40 man Yankees roster for 2014 and will feature in the 4th instalment in this series of articles.
Matt Daley 7 Games 0.00 ERA / .100 OBA / 0.33 WHIP
After a brief but excellent association with the Yankees in 2013, Daley was surprisingly non-tendered by the club in October. However, in December, he was offered a minor league contract which he has now accepted so there may be yet another twist in this gutsy player’s attempt to make the Bronx a home, after longtime injury.
Cody Eppley 2 Games 21.60 ERA/ .500 OBA / 2.40 WHIP
Eppley was a dependable part of the Yankees bullpen in 2012 but he struggled for form in Spring Training 2013 and in the opening games of the regular season, resulting in his being demoted to Scranton. When his ERA ballooned at Triple-A, he was released and a week later found himself playing at Triple-A in the Minnesota franchise. For 2014, he has a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
David Huff 11 Games 4.67 ERA / .208 OBA / 0.98 WHIP
At the current time, Huff remains on the 40 man Yankees roster for 2014 and will feature in the 4th instalment in this series of articles.
Phil Hughes 30 Games 5.19 ERA / .293 OBA / 1.46 WHIP
Like Chamberlain, Hughes never really lived up to expectations in New York. However, Hughes was quite an opposite in personality from the abrasive and self-important Chamberlain and some will be sad to see him fail in his efforts to establish himself in the Pinstripes. He has signed for the Minnesota Twins on a 3-year deal and will be paid $8m for each season of that contract.
Shawn Kelley 57 Games 4.39 ERA / .228 OBA / 1.29 WHIP
At the current time, Kelley remains on the 40 man Yankees roster for 2014 and will feature in the 4th instalment in this series of articles.
Hiroki Kuroda 32 Games 3.31 ERA / .249 OBA / 1.16 WHIP
Kuroda came to the end of his contract with the Yankees at the close of 2013. Becoming a free agent, he had several options including returning to Japan or retiring. However, he chose to re-sign for the Yankees on a 1-year deal and will feature in the 4th part of this series of articles.
Boone Logan 61 Games 3.23 ERA / .236 OBA / 1.18 WHIP
Logan was an important part of the Yankees bullpen for 4 years as a left-handed specialist in a ‘pen that was short of southpaws. However, becoming a free agent at the end of 2013, he has signed for the Colorado Rockies on a 3-year deal. He will be paid $4.75m in 2014, $5.5m in 2015 & $6.25m in 2016.
Brett Marshall 3 Games 4.50 ERA / .283 OBA / 1.67 WHIP
Marshall, who has long been rated a top prospect in the Yankees organisation was designated for assignment as the new signings began to arrive after the 2013 season. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs. No details have yet been announced regarding his contract or role with the Cubs.
Jim Miller 1 Game 20.25 ERA / .500 OBA / 3.00 WHIP
Miller played one game for the Yankees in 2013 which did not go well. Afterwards, he was designated for assignment and joined the Scranton affiliate. He has recently signed a minor league contract with the Yankees for 2014.
Ivan Nova 23 Games 3.10 ERA / .258 OBA / 1.28 WHIP
Ivan Nova was a very important part of the Yankees starting rotation in 2013 and will hopefully repeat that contribution in the new season. We will look at him in the 4th part of this series of articles.
Vidal Nuno 5 Games 3.25 ERA / .213 OBA / 1.10 WHIP
At the current time, Nuno remains on the 40 man Yankees roster for 2014 and will feature in the 4th instalment in this series of articles.
Andy Pettitte 30 Games 3.74 ERA / .275 OBA / 1.33 WHIP
After a marvellous career (with one very noticeable blemish), Pettitte has decided that it is time to call it a day. We hope he enjoys a long and happy retirement!
David Phelps 22 Games 4.98 ERA / .265 OBA / 1.42 WHIP
At the current time, Phelps remains on the 40 man Yankees roster for 2014 and will feature in the 4th instalment in this series of articles.
Mariano Rivera 64 Games 2.11 ERA / .236 OBA / 1.05 WHIP
“The best reliever who ever played for the Yankees”. “The best closer ever to grace baseball”. “A great man of quality, sincerity and faith”. These and other plaudits have been put the way of Rivera who retired at the end of 2013. We will never see his like again and he leaves a gaping hole in the Yankees’ roster which will never be quite filled, however good his replacement.
David Robertson 70 Games 2.04 ERA / .213 OBA / 1.04 WHIP
Robertson is the most likely internal option to fill the closer’s role after Mariano’s retirement. We will look at him in the 4th section of this series of articles.
CC Sabathia 32 Games 4.78 ERA / .272 OBA / 1.37 WHIP
Sabathia was not quite his normal self in 2013. He is still a vital component of the Yankees’ starting rotation and we will look at him in the final part of this series.
Adam Warren 34 Games 3.39 ERA / .268 OBA / 1.43 WHIP
At the current time, Warren remains on the 40 man Yankees roster for 2014 and will feature in the 4th instalment in this series of articles.
Mike Zagurski 1 Games 54.00 ERA/ .500 OBA / 3.00 WHIP
Zagurski had two short periods with the Yankees organisation in 2013. The second of these resulted in him being promoted to the major league outfit, where he struggled mightily in his one appearance. He was released in October. For 2014, he has a minor league deal with Cleveland.