General manager Brian Cashman said last week the Yankees would first look “internally” to solve their pitching problems.
But in looking to fill Bartolo Colon’s rotation spot tomorrow, they might choose an external option.
According to a person with knowledge of the deal, the Yankees were on the verge of signing RHP Brian Gordon last night. Gordon, a converted outfielder pitching lights out for the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley, told reporters there he had signed with the Yankees. The 32-year-old also said he was under the impression he could start tomorrow.
Gordon, who was 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA for Lehigh Valley, could opt out of his contract today on the condition that the acquiring club immediately adds him to its major-league roster.
Before the game, Joe Girardi said the start would go to either Hector Noesi or David Phelps, a righthander who is 4-4 with a 2.95 ERA for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.