New York Yankees: Is Michael Pineda worth keeping in 2018?

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Fans were ecstatic when the New York Yankees acquired the promising young pitcher back in 2012. But after a few seasons, Michael Pineda could be on his way out.

Michael Pineda has made memories with the New York Yankees.

From the “black substance” incident to his near no-hitter in 2017, the veteran pitcher has brought both glee and frustration to Yankees fanatics. But he and his slanted hat might not be occupying the mound in the upcoming season.

General Manager Brian Cashman and his crew have to make some decisions regarding the team’s starting rotation. With Masahiro Tanaka back in New York, now the front office needs to follow up with CC Sabathia and Pineda and decide whether to re-sign them or not.

For Sabathia, who is in the last few years of his career, the choice could be much easier. But regarding Pineda, who underwent Tommy John surgery this season, it’s much more complicated.

When general manager Brian Cashman traded Jesus Montero for Pineda and a few other players, it seemed like the front office robbed Seattle blind. Considering that Montero became a bust, it was nothing short of a great deal, despite the fact that Pineda didn’t play his first year in New York.

Yet, it seems that the Dominican never lived up to the high expectations.

Since he’s been in pinstripes, he’s put up rather inconsistent numbers. He’s mixed in mid-inning meltdowns with magical outings where he looked like a future Hall of Famer. His potential speaks ace status, but his performances suggest No. 3 option at best in the rotation.

As the New York Yankees enter an intriguing era, one with a youthful club capable of reaching the World Series, the players that Cashman acquires in these next two seasons will be most critical. Hence, the decision to re-sign Pineda is important.

Should New York give him another chance?