With Andy Pettitte continuing to lean toward retirement and the Yankees’ stubborn refusal to give Joba Chamberlain a true shot at a rotation spot—despite his career 12-7 record and 4.18 ERA as a starter—New York must consider adding a free agent to replace Sergio Mitre as the No. 5 starter this season.

Mitre was 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA in three starts last season and holds a career 13-25 record and 5.48 mark in 64 career starts, so keeping him in the rotation for any extended period of time would be disastrous.

With New York missing out on Cliff Lee, there aren’t a lot of great options remaining on the free-agent market, but let’s take a look at five that would be better than Mitre.

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