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Yankee Manager Joe Girardi Says Pitching is Priority This Offseason

The Yankees postseason ended quicker than they wanted it too, and are now already focused on the 2012 season.  Manager Joe Girardi says that the starting rotation will be his main priority. 

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It’s no shock that the Yankees will be focused on strengthening their starting pitching rotation this offseason.  They could potentially be losing CC Sabathia if he opts out of his contract and both Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon are free agents.  There will certainly be holes to fill.

The one need we are going to have to address again is our rotation. There is no doubt about it. We have two guys who are free agents. We have another guy who can opt out. It is similar to what we had to do for this year. It all starts with CC and then you go from there.

According to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Girardi said that if CC remains a Yankee the rotation right now would see him as the ace followed by Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes and AJ Burnett.  The Yankees also have options with some of their young pitchers, such as Hector Noesi.  They could also potentially go after big free agent pitcher CJ Wilson from Texas.

Basically right now all their moves will be made around what CC Sabathia decides to do.  Though it could be trouble if they depend on AJ Burnett and Phil Hughes.

Check out more on this story at ESPN New York.

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