The New York Yankees rotation is currently at a crossroads that could have a profound impact on 2013 and beyond. It seems that each year, pundits, critics, and fans alike spend the offseason clamoring for more starting pitching. This has been the case in the Bronx since 2010. And every year, the Yankees pitching is the reason that they survive at all in October.
But this off-season, the rotation is an issue of legitimate concern. Will Andy Pettitte return for another year? What will Hiroki Kuroda decide after testing the market? Who will fill in the back end of the rotation? Even their one mainstay, CC Sabathia, is coming off of elbow surgery, and talk of putting him on an innings limit in 2012 has garnered a lot of press.
It is here that the Yankees face the proverbial fork in the road. And the path they travel down could just as much be chosen for them as it would be determined by their own actions. But the paths are vastly different and they could be the difference between a top tier rotation or a very questionable starting staff.