Groan… Marte Due Back

Damaso Marte, the 2009 Yankees original lefty setup guy, is scheduled to complete his rehab assignment in the next several days and the big question is what are the Yanks going to do with him?  Marte has been unimpressive in his Yankee career, allowing 11 earned runs in 18 innings with the team last year, after being included in the Xavier Nady trade with Pittsburgh.  Somehow, those totals got him a three year contract with the Yanks, much to my disappointment.  This year, he got hurt in the World Baseball Classic, returned to the Yanks only to allow nine earned runs in five innings pitched, and has been on the shelf since.  In his rehab stint, he’s allowed three earned runs in 10 innings and his 30 days maximum rehab time are about to expire.

If this doesn’t show Brian Cashman that you should NEVER give a multi-year deal to a veteran middle reliever, then I don’t know what will.  With a bullpen of young guys this year, the Yanks have done quite well.  In fact sending David Robertson, the MLB leader in K/9 IP, to Scranton would be a crime and weaken the pen.  The only other move that I can see happening, though, would be designating Sergio Mitre for assignment as soon as he gets his spanking in his start this weekend.  Marte was put on the 60-day DL as a paperwork move to allow the Yankees to activate Chad Gaudin, so he’s not on the 40-man roster, necessitating a move.  They could move Chien-Ming Wang to the 60-day DL and option Robertson or Ramiro Pena down, as well, but I don’t think there’s room for both Gaudin and Mitre, so one of them is likely to go.

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