Five Burning Questions for the New York Yankees this Offseason

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3.) Can the Yankees land a frontline starter?

For years, it seemed as if the Yankees had the ability to pick and choose which free-agent starting pitcher would don pinstripes. Not so anymore. Of the four aces on the market, Zack Greinke, David Price, Jordan Zimmermann, and Johnny Cueto, only Cueto may be interested in signing with the Yankees. There is plenty of downside risk attached to Cueto, as he did not pitch well after being traded to the Kansas City Royals. Nearly every pitcher the Yankees have guaranteed in their rotation next year comes with an equal amount of risk. Masahiro Tanaka is a ticking time bomb, Michael Pineda still cannot put it all together, CC Sabathia was forced to deal with some serious personal issues, Nathan Eovaldi is in the same boat as Pineda, and Luis Severino has never completed a full season at the big league level.

The Yankees need to add a consistent arm to their rotation, but New York is not likely to be viewed as a great landing spot for most elite pitchers. New Yankee Stadium is a hitter’s paradise. If the Yankees deem Cueto too high a risk (he was worked over by two of the Yankees biggest divisional rivals, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays0, they will likely be forced to settle for a mid-tier arm like Wei-Yin Chen or Jeff Samardzija. Both of those pitchers do not seem like an ideal fit for the Yankees given their susceptibility to the home run ball. As hard as it is to believe, the New York Yankees could be hard-pressed to land a starting pitcher this winter.

3 Responses

  1. mick

    The Yankees have a pretty good outfielder sitting on the bench. It’s time to give Slade Heathcott a look, a full season, and trade Brett Gardner, plus others, for a rotation ace.

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  2. Michael Bradbury

    Nicely written (for an outsider) but you don’t know the in’s and out’s of this team. Evoldi was phenomenal before he got hurt. Better and better as the season went on and our ace at the time he went down. Hurt us a lot. He’s going to be very good.
    As is Severino. ;) Pineda is up and down but a good year for his first full season after major arm surgery. He could easily be an ace. As could Severino (probably) as could Evoldi. As could Tanaka. Fact is, next year this group could put it together and be one of the top rotations in baseball.
    You’re skeptical the Yanks will sit on their hands but you haven’t been paying close attention, including last season when we were in 1st place but with obvious needs that ended up killing us.
    And they didn’t trade for expensive aging stars……………………………….. ;)

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  3. Les Schraeder

    I am just glad that you are a writer and not the Yankee G.M. Why push the panic button at this point in time? You call them penny pinchers and I say that they are merely using fiscal responsibility in restructuring their team. They should trade Gardner although they are not likely to get much for him at this point. After the contracts of Beltran and Teixeira expire at the end of next year they will have a few more options to address their weaknesses. The next year both C.C. and A-Rod drop off and that is when the team will flex their financial might. Until then lets just support what new direction that the team is headed.

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