Written By: Matt Vereb

Earlier today, the Yankees and Pitcher, Chan Ho Park, agreed on a contract reportedly worth $1.2 million for 1 year.

So what does this mean for the rest of the Yankee bullpen?

Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues(A Great Yankee Blog, btw) covered this topic in detail earlier. Here.

Here’s just a brief summary of points from the article with some commentary.

-Bullpens typically consist of eight arms during the Regular Season.

-Those eight arms will probably be; Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes(Loser of 5th starter competition), Damaso Marte, Alfredo Aceves, David Robertson, Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, and Chan Ho Park.

-Given that the way the schedule is set up(below), the Yankees will not need a 5th starter for the first two weeks without compromising their other four starters.

April 4th: Sabathia
April 5th: OFF
April 6th: Burnett
April 7th: Pettitte
April 8th: OFF
April 9th: Vazquez
April 10th: Sabathia
April 11th: Burnett
April 12th: OFF
April 13th: Pettitte (home opener)
April 14th: Vazquez
April 15th: Sabathia
April 16th: Burnett
April 17th: 5th Starter

-Expect that 5th starter to be Joba Chamberlain(Winner of 5th Starter Comp). Chamberlain will probably open the season in Triple A to get some starts in a low-key environment.

-Other notable names in the bullpen equation? Mark Melancon, Boone Logan, Edwar Ramirez, and Jon Albaledejo. All four pitchers will have minor league options. Sergio Mitre does not. I don’t expect the team to risk losing him by carrying five starters for the first two weeks when they really don’t need to.

What will happen when they need a 5th starter? We’ll see. Maybe one pitcher(Mitre) will be traded so the Yankees can keep the rights to Outfielder Jamie Hoffman. Who knows at this point. Injuries happen though.

The Park move was made to add depth to the team. Not to compromise the current pitchers.