Cashman: Yankees '99 percent likely' to enter 2017 with current rotation
Sep 5, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitching against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman has declared that, despite the question marks, the rotation will likely remain unchanged.

Can’t say we’re surprised, but New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has given an update on the status of the organization’s questionable rotation.

“We stay engaged with the marketplace, but I think more likely than not – 99 percent likely – we are going to be going to camp with what we have,” Cashman said, according to Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News.

New York’s rotation finished sixth in the American League in strikeouts, eighth in opponent’s batting average, tenth in ERA, and walked the fewest batters in 2016.

While that sits in the middle of the crowd, those ranking earn a greater density when you realize that manager Joe Girardi had 22 starts made by hurlers (Luis Cessa (9), Chad Green (8), Bryan Mitchell (5)) that weren’t even part of the rotation to commence the season.

Entering camp this season, Masahiro Tanaka, who maintained the third best ERA in the AL, CC Sabathia, who’s coming off his season since 2012, and Michael Pineda who was the AL Leader in K/9 will lead the charge.

Following those locks, Luis Severino, Cessa, Green and Mitchell will compete for the final two spots. There are also outside chances for Adam Warren, Jordan Montgomery, Dietrich Enns and other youngsters to potentially earn a spot.