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The Yankees need an emergency backup starter to get them to the trade deadline

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Someone like Scott Feldman would be a worthwhile investment for the Yankees rotation depth.

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The Yankees went into the 2018 season knowing full well that they would need to add more pitching by the trade deadline. We’re just over a month into the season, and it’s clear the team doesn’t have much in the way of rotation depth. CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery have both been hit by the injury bug early, and though the team has been able to survive thus far, it’s obvious they are scraping the bottom of the barrel here. It’s possible that they may need to add another arm just to get them to July.

Things look especially dicey now that both Luis Cessa and Adam Warren are on the disabled list. Even if they weren’t, Cessa can hardly be trusted as a legitimate replacement options, and Warren would need to be stretched out as a starter again. This has left Domingo German as the team’s only legitimate replacement now that Montgomery is hurt. He’s shown himself to be effective in times of need, but it’s hard to say whether he can be a reliable long-term starter. If a permanent replacement was needed right now, where would the Yankees turn?

The minor league system has a few interesting names, but Chance Adams was supposed to be the first man up this year, and he’s faltered so far. It’s clear the timetable on Justus Sheffield has been changed a bit, but do the Yankees really want to push the soon-to-be 22-year-old when his walk rate is up and he’s coming off an injury shortened 2017? Given his potential, it would only be fair to let Sheffield develop at his own pace before getting him to the majors prematurely. Spring training numbers don’t mean much, but his performance didn’t exactly fill anyone with confidence.

This team is better off finding some minor league free agent somewhere that they can just stash at Triple-A until they need him. It doesn’t matter who he is, they just really need a warm body. As Josh recently pointed out, there are no good options left on the free agent market, unless you like the idea of Matt Garza or Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the Bronx. Outside of trying to get an arm off waivers or searching through a list of minor league free agents, the Yankees do have the chance to sign someone like Scott Feldman.

For a team desperate for a cheap arm right now, Feldman would be the best pick of the bunch. The fact that he doesn’t have a job right now is actually a tad surprising. While a 4.77 ERA in 111 innings isn’t exactly a good season, it should have at least netted him some kind of attention for his age-35 season. He isn’t exactly well-suited for a life in pinstripes, considering his fly ball tendencies, but there’s no reason not to get him as a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency pitcher.

Look, it doesn’t really have to be Feldman, the Yankees just need someone to sit around and wait. Montgomery will be back this time, the Yankees will be ok this time, but there is always a chance the next injury could be more severe. In that instance, it would be nice to have someone waiting in the wings as a backup who can just go out there and hopefully keep the Yankees in the game. Some of their options have upside, but it’s clear this rotation may need some help getting to the trade deadline.