Brian Cashman says the Yankees are prepared to enter 2011 without a major pitching acquisition:
Having finished second, or maybe third, in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, the Yankees are prepared to go into the 2011 season with a pitching rotation of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, with the remaining spots filled out by youngsters, many of whom have never pitched above the Triple-A level.
"I'm not saying I want to do it," general manager Brian Cashman said in a telephone conversation Monday morning, "but I may have to do it."
Which can only mean the Yankees are about to swing a massive seven-team trade for Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez and Felix Hernandez.
Cashman also says he's operating under the assumption that Andy Pettitte will retire, which means Pettitte is finishing up a pact with the devil to become eternally young, thus ensuring his place in the Yankee rotation for decades to come.