Here’s a “What If?” for you….
What if…the Yankees acquire Johan Santana and Andy Pettitte comes back in 2008?
That gives the Yankees a front three of Santana, Pettitte and Wang…which is awesome.
Due to his salary, contract, and resume, Mike Mussina would also have a slot in the rotation after those three…leaving a fifth spot TBD between Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes (assuming the latter is not traded for Santana).
So, who gets the fifth spot? Joba or Hughes?
Based on what they did last year, they both deserve to stay out of Triple-A next season. Do you then put one in the big league pen? Which one? Hughes as a long man? Chamberlain as a set-up man? Is that the best thing in the world for their development at this stage in their careers?
Or, do you tell Mussina that he’s in the pen in 2008? (Good luck with that one.)
It’s a nice problem to have…but, it’s a problem, nonetheless, no?