Via Joel Sherman: Expect the Yankees to bottom-feed for rotation depth later in the offseason (January or February), meaning a Freddy Garcia-type on a “prove yourself” contract. Sherman suggests Dallas Braden, who is coming off two shoulder surgeries and hasn’t pitched since April 2011, but he has a bit of a history with the Yankees and it ain’t good.
The free agent market is littered with reclamation-type starters, guys who will presumably take a minor league contract. Someone like Tim Stauffer (a personal fave), Jonathan Sanchez, Kevin Correia, or even former Yankees Dustin Moseley and (gasp!) Carl Pavano could fit the bill. With Hiroki Kuroda back in the fold and Andy Pettitte hopefully on his way back as well, the Yankees would have Ivan Nova and David Phelps as their fifth and sixth starters (in whatever order) with Michael Pineda theoretically on the way at midseason. Signing a veteran to stash in Triple-A for the first few weeks of the season seems more like a necessity than a luxury, actually.