northjersey78 wrote:I'm a Yankee fan and I still contend that Joba should be a reliever.
Rivera is not going to last forever and you've seen how devastating it can be to have a great closer. IN the early 90's Rivers was an outstanding set-up man to John Wetteland we saw how that turned out.
The Yankees already have a loaded staff - they have essentially committed long-term to CC Sabbathia, AJ Burnett and Wang. Pettitte will probably be fine for another 2-3 seasons. Phil Hughes was the gem of their farm system and it seems like they are content to let him sit in AAA until the off-chance he'll be needed. Why not give him a full season's shot at the # 5 spot and use Joba to help shorten games for these guys?
Joba comign in from the bullpen was always electric. I'm not saying he can't/ won't be a great starter I just feel they will get better usage out of him as a set-up man and eventually closer once Rivera retires.
Effective starter >>>>>> Effective reliever. And that's the bottom line. You want your best pitchers throwing 200 innings a year, not 80. If Joba can be an effective starter, there is no doubt that that is where he is most valuable to the team.