The retirement of Andy Pettitte on Friday leaves the Yankees with a void entering spring training later this month. The lefty went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 129 innings last season and was named an All-Star at age 38.
CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett are guaranteed starters, with two spots available. Here is a look at those who will compete for the other two rotation spots, along with their projected odds of landing the No. 4 spot.
RHP Ivan Nova, 6-foot-4, 24
The fireballer’s seven late-season starts showed the stuff of a career major leaguer.
RHP Freddy Garcia, 6-foot-4, 35
Garcia was average in 28 starts for the White Sox in 2010, but at least he was healthy, unlike Colon.
RHP Bartolo Colon, 6-foot-0, 37
In his last full season, Colon won 21 games for the Angels. That was in 2005, before injuries set in.
RHP Sergio Mitre, 6-foot-3, 29
A dark-horse candidate for the No. 5 spot before last season, Mitre may be better suited to long relief.
A trade acquisition or 24-year-old right-handed prospect Hector Noesi.