According to Chad Jennings of The Journal News, Scranton starter Dustin Moseley has been pulled from his scheduled start – a strong indication that the Yankees will add him to the big league roster before the deadline of his opt-out clause. This could be the end for Chan Ho Park in pinstripes.
Moseley, coming off hip and elbow surgery, signed with the Yankees at the start of spring training and was never in the mix for the long reliever job. Fast forward to July: Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves are hurt. Chad Gaudin is inconsistent. Park cannot pitch multiple innings. It seems like everything has fallen into place for Moesely to get a shot in the pen.
Although his Triple-A numbers are somewhat underwhelming, giving Moseley a shot is not a horrible option. The Yankees need to identify their needs prior to the trade deadline, and if they are able to solidify the pen, they can simply focus on acquiring a bat. If Moseley falters, they know that adding a bullpen arm is the better option.
That said, I think we can expect a league-average showing from the former Angel. He’s demonstrated that he can be a somewhat effective pitcher in the past, and although he’s struggled at times in Triple-A, he’s also had some very strong performances. Only time will tell, but I thin we’ll be seeing him with the Yankees very soon. It might not be for long, but at least the Yankees will get a fresh arm in the bullpen.