(Don't get it twisted. This guy is still the man. Courtesy of the AP)
Nobody could say that the Yankees didn't do everything possible to fortify and overstock their rotation for the 2012 season. Signings, trades, promotions, they covered it from every conceivable angle short of investing money into cloning CC. With their offense consistently taking a dump in the postseason, and the rotation usually not being good enough in the postseason to carry the load, Cash made damn sure that lack of starting pitching was not going to be a reason why the Yanks didn't take the title home in 2012. He started with a pre-emptive re-negotiation of CC's deal and didn't stop until Andy Pettitte came out of left field to sign his name on the dotted line as extra insurance.
The variety of moves to build the 2012 rotation was reflected in the diversity the Yankees built in their depth. They had CC, Hughes, and Nova left over from 2011, they traded for Michael Pineda, signed Hiroki Kuroda, and locked up Freddy Garcia and Pettitte as that previously-mentioned veteran insurance. As we all found out with every disappointing DL stint, it was insurance and veteran experience that was much needed for this group, and despite all the setbacks and unfortunate circumstances, the Yankee rotation collectively remained one of the best in baseball and a source of strength for the 2012 club.