by Matt S.
Jesus Montero will not play winter ball.
Montero played in 127 total games this year between the minors and majors, and caught nine innings in most of them. While the Yankees would like him to get more work before officially committing to him as a regular for 2012, there’s no point in putting his body through the ringer.
Hector Noesi is expected to compete for a spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation next spring.
The Yankees used Noesi strictly in relief this year, but now think he was underused in that role. “It wasn’t part of the plan to have him as a mopup guy or long man out of our bullpen this year,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. “He needs to make up for lost innings.” The 24-year-old righty posted a 4.47 ERA in 56-plus big league frames.