If Humberto Sanchez, who was a big piece of the Sheffield deal, is healthy, then I see them inserting Sanchez into Joba's role as the 8th inning set-up guy sometime over the spring. If the Yankes don't feel a need to put Joba in the rotation by the time Sanchez is ready, then they have a rock solid 7-8-9 trio in Sanchez/Joba/Mo. Eventually, I see the Yanks turning to Sanchez as the heir apparent to Mo and see Joba as their future #1 so it makes sense to stick Joba in the rotation for 140-150 innings this year while grooming Sanchez to replace Mo.
I could be wrong in what I'm saying but I'll be dead before I realize it.
Joba is going to need to get his armed stretched out to be able to handle starting. An inning here and there is not going to that. If they keep him in the bullpen the entire year, then it would look like they want him to stay there next year, which I do not think will be the case. I do not think Mussina will make it through the entire year, so they will need someone to replace him.
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My league counts K/9, K/BB, and HLDs along with the standard categories. We also get to keep a rookie the following year as an eleventh round pick. I was considering reaching for him but his ADP is the 11th and that seems way too early.
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markj11 wrote:My league counts K/9, K/BB, and HLDs along with the standard categories. We also get to keep a rookie the following year as an eleventh round pick. I was considering reaching for him but his ADP is the 11th and that seems way too early.
He should be excellent in all three of those categories, I would take him somewhere around 11-13th round.
I was thinking about how they are going to stretch him out the other day. It seems to me that it would be just as easy to stretch him out while keeping him on the MLB club. They could have him gradually pitch longer relief stints with more rest in between them until he works himself up to a ~90 pitch count.
I saw Joba go in the 8th round of 2 drafts, which seemed crazy to me even before it was confirmed he would start in the 'pen. Ahead of folks like Gallardo, Pedro, Dice-K, and Myers.
Folks, I'm a big Yankees fan and love watching him pitch, but c'mon, he's got about 25 major league innings under your belt. Unless you're playing in a long-term keeper league, let someone else make that decision for you.