Yankees Notes: Colon, Garcia, Molina, Pitching

A few items from the Bronx Bombers' camp…

  • Bartolo Colon has looked very good this spring, but lingering doubts about his conditioning and his durability are the only reason the Yankees haven't officially given him a rotation job, writes Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com.
  • The other veteran contender for that open rotation spot, Freddy Garcia, has offered to be a long reliever if it will get him on the Yankees' roster, reports Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger.
  • Also from Carig, he thinks Gustavo Molina could be a legitimate contender to start the season as New York's backup catcher while Francisco Cervelli is on the DL.  Molina, signed to a minor league deal in December may get the nod given that the Yankees' more vaunted catching prospects (Jesus Montero and Austin Romine) haven't stood out this spring.
  • Brian Cashman tells Chad Jennings of the LoHud blog that he's received a few calls from other general managers in regards to the extra pitchers in New York's camp.  "It’s been very quiet for the most part….Everybody’s just picking the phone up and checking in with each other, myself included," Cashman said.


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23 Comments on "Yankees Notes: Colon, Garcia, Molina, Pitching"


MB923
4 years 5 months ago

I know you probably can’t expect much out of him, and I know spring doesn’t tell the whole story, but I would see no problem, Currently, of starting Bartolo. If he struggles, and if Garcia in long relief does well, then put Garcia in.

4 years 5 months ago

Nova and Colon should start the season in the rotation. Garcia can come in if either are ineffective.

And why not Bengie for a small 1 year deal?

4 years 5 months ago

Bengie is retired already.

I’d rather have Mitre as the long reliever than Garcia, to be honest.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Bengie is “retired for now.”

4 years 5 months ago

mitre over garcia?
wow.

johnsilver
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t see them getting more than 4-5 starts at 5 innings tops out of him either, BUT..Just thinking what he did for Boston back in 2008. If he can give them quality starts like he did for his 1st 3-4 back then..Then take advantage..Dump him and move onto Garcia when Colon winds up on the DL like will probably happen.

4 years 5 months ago

Colon sucks. He’s going to be horrible in his first 5 starts and then he will vanish.

ltdibo020
4 years 5 months ago

Tell the Rays that…he blew them away the other night…6 inn and 2 hits..and they were shaking their heads walking back to the dugout…he had real good stuff..

MaineluvstheSox
4 years 5 months ago

Colon is a tub of lard with a great pitching arm attached. What a waste of great talent.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

32.3 career WAR, Cy young, 2 all star appearances.. wouldn’t say its a total waste. .

why does everyone on these boards hate fat people so much? are you all fit or something?

4 years 5 months ago

are you a fat sympathizer?

ltdibo020
4 years 5 months ago

Colon ain’t fat…you just want him to be fat…

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 5 months ago

I am both fat and a sympathizer. So fat sympathizer fits me perfectly.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 5 months ago

I think they’re all fat and just jealous that they couldn’t get to the Majors like certain other fat people

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

he was never a truly dominant ace. but during his peak from 1998-2005, he was an absolute rock solid reliable #1 starter, which has always been a very rare commodity

over those 8 consecutive seasons, he averaged 215 innings per year (under 200 only once), 32 starts, and 4.2 WAR per year

here is the list of most valuable pitchers in all of baseball over that time

randy johnson
pedro martinez
curt schilling
roger clemens
mike mussina
greg maddux
brad radke
bartolo colon

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

…and he lead all of those bums in rolls above replacement player. woo!

gocrazy
4 years 5 months ago

They found another Molina!

chaifetz10
4 years 5 months ago

Too bad he’s not related to the other three….or nearly as talented.

ltdibo020
4 years 5 months ago

Colon out pitched Mitre and Garcia so he gets the spot (5th)…if he gets hurt put Garcia in…Put Mitre at AAA or release him…its only the 5th starter spot, so Colon will be in the bullpen anyway thru the first month…I like Colon and Garcia in long relief until we get into the season. Solid

4 years 5 months ago

Howard Megdal has Gustavo Molina’s B-R page sponsored. Pretty funny one-liner.

4 years 5 months ago

Im STILL shaking my head in disbelief that we are reading that the Yankees are having to decide between Colon, Garcia and Millwood as one of their starting pitchers.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

What’s with the dislike for Boonie? He go to your HS or something?

26 yo, lefty, throws 93, had a 3.73 FIP lastyear, 84 LOB%, 8.6 K/9. Aside from a 4.5 BB/9 he was pretty good last year. He sucked against righties (6.08 FIP) but he was lights out vs lefties (1.87 FIP).

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

this new image feature is really working out