Via Chad Jennings earlier this morning:
"Cashman mentioned that the Yankees need 'probably 400 innings' for the rotation."
- Hiroki Kuroda 2013 IP: 201.1
- Andy Pettitte 2013 IP: 185.1
- Phil Hughes 2013 IP: 145.1
- Total 2013 IP Lost: 532.0
Cash is saying he needs 400 innings next year and the Yankees lost over 500. That number would have been closer to 600 if Hughes didn't devolve into a 4-5 inning pitcher in the 2nd half, but Cash's math gives some insight into what the Yankees are looking to do to revamp their rotation for next season. We know CC and Nova will be there and we can assume from Cash's estimate that he's looking to add 2 starting pitchers to those 2 returnees. That leaves 1 spot open at the back of the rotation for the Pinedas, Phelpses, Warrens, Nunos, and ManBans of the world to compete for.
Hard to argue with the logic of that strategy, as nobody in the crop of internal starting options is a good bet to replicate what Andy and Hirok did last season. Now it's a matter of sorting out the best candidates for those 2 spots and staying aggressive in the attempts to sign them.