Cashman: Fifth starter will be decided soon

The Yankees have been saying, in Joe Girardi’s voice, that the battle for the two vacant slots in the rotation could go down to the final week of Spring Training. But general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday that they may hurry that decision along sooner.

With Ivan Nova seemingly in line for at least one of the spots after firing six hitless innings against the Orioles his last time out and Sergio Mitre heading for a long reliever role, it appears to be down to Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia for the last slot. 
Both have outs in their contracts that could make them free agents, and it is unclear if both pitchers would accept assignments to the bullpen. 
“I think we’re going to have to make that [decision] sooner than later,” Cashman said. “Ultimately, we have guys who have outs in their contracts with Garcia and Colon. We have to stretch guys out and start defining roles sooner than later.”
Speaking before Garcia took the mound against the Blue Jays on Saturday, Cashman said that he has been pleased with the competition thus far. 
“Everybody’s working hard, they’re doing a good job,” Cashman said. “It’s probably the best scenario that we could have hoped for as we entered camp with everybody, having a good strong competition. Anybody can make their case and we’re going to have to make a call here shortly.”

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