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Contreras likely to start spring in Yankees' bullpen

The Yankees paid top dollar to sign prized pitcher Jose Contreras, but they're expected to use him in relief.

Originally Published: February 7, 2003
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

Ask Joe Torre about the Yankees' impossibly overcrowded starting rotation, and his default response is a helpless shrug, a weak smile and a hope that an epiphany will somehow arrive before Opening Day. Until then, Torre says, "We'll sort it out as we go along."

That'll be the corporate mantra for the next six weeks, as Torre tries to sift through the pitching excess dumped on him by owner George Steinbrenner. Although the manager isn't dropping any early hints, at least three rotation spots ...

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