Once the Randy Johnson trade is done, the Yankees 2007 starting rotation, for the moment, will appear as follows:
Wang, Pettitte, Mussina, Igawa and “X” -
where “X” will be Pavano, Rasner, Karstens or someone else (Clemens)?
Some seasons, the 5th starter does not really come into play until the month of May. However, in 2007, the Yankees will need a 5th starter at least 3 times in the month of April.
Of the four candidates above, I feel, at this moment, that it will be “someone else” for the 5th slot – with the answer coming some time in the next seven weeks.
And, the more and more that I look at the options that are out there, the more I feel that it will be Roger Clemens – which pushes Igawa to the 5th slot of the rotation.
Considering the age and injury history between Mussina and Clemens, and to an extent Pettitte as well, having someone like Darrell Rasner in the bullpen, where he can spot start, probably should be part of the Yankees plan next year.