Brian Cashman spoke to reporters for much than an hr Tuesday, and thing was missing that was contiguous whenever the Yankees wide manager engaged reporters successful erstwhile years aft his squad was eliminated:
Questions astir however to hole the team’s pitching.
Besides updating a fewer wounded issues specified arsenic with Jameson Taillon, Cashman responded to inquiries connected Aaron Boone’s return, coaching departures and however helium viewed assorted positional elements.
That reflected a 2021 play successful which the extent and effectiveness of the Yankees’ pitching represented the spot of the squad and that, speech from Corey Kluber, each different large contributor is owed back.
This is not to accidental the Yankees’ pitching is without question. Heck, is determination thing bigger than wondering successful a post-sticky-substance satellite whether Gerrit Cole is an ace of aces oregon conscionable a truly bully starter connected a grounds contract? My suspicion is that MLB and the national volition hold to either a tacky shot oregon a tacky substance that helps pitchers, and betwixt that and Cole’s pitching intellect and competitiveness, helium volition stay elite.
Still, adjacent if that is existent and you spot successful 2021 breakouts from Nestor Cortes Jr., Clay Holmes and Jonathan Loaisiga, the Yanks should not fixate connected conscionable improving a positional halfway with much athleticism, defence and interaction skills — though that evidently is Job 1 of the winter.
The Yankees’ rotation has extent and talent, but capable uncertainty that it tin usage 1 much piece. Zack Britton (likely to miss each of 2022 aft Tommy John surgery), Aroldis Chapman and Chad Green volition each beryllium entering their locomotion seasons, and though the Yanks person a bully halfway of pen arm, for 2022, 1 much trustworthy, late-inning portion with power beyond adjacent play would beryllium helpful. Here are 5 pitchers who I peculiarly find intriguing for the Yanks:
He has made 1 commencement successful the past 2 seasons arsenic helium recovered from Tommy John surgery. But different two-time AL Cy Young winner, Kluber, had made conscionable 8 starts successful the 2 years earlier the Yanks gave him a one-year, $11 cardinal pact. If you are going to interest astir Cole and sticky worldly dating to his clip with the Astros, the concerns would beryllium akin with Verlander. But Lance McCullers Jr. (now injured) and Charlie Morton, who blossomed connected the Astros, looked conscionable good this play and successful the playoffs.
Verlander is a gamble beyond the wounded and sticky stuff. The Astros astir surely volition enactment the $18.4 cardinal qualifying connection connected him, which means if helium rejects that a signing squad volition suffer draught picks and person to motion him for much dollars. Verlander turns 39 successful February.
But the Yanks are positioned to instrumentality a gamble to pursuit the upside — arsenic agelong arsenic Hal Stienbrenner is good expanding the payroll significantly. The Yanks should person capable extent to support Verlander with Cole, Taillon, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino arsenic rotation locks, Cortes, Domingo German and Michael King either successful the bullpen oregon astatine Triple-A (all person options left), and Luis Gil, Clarke Schmidt and — the Yanks anticipation — a fixed Deivi Garcia fixed much Triple-A clip oregon (with Verlander) much easy utilized successful trades, peculiarly for positional help.
I fishy the Yanks volition not beryllium astatine the apical of the marketplace with Max Scherzer, Robbie Ray, Kevin Gausman oregon Marcus Stroman, oregon consenting to gamble connected aesculapian question marks Carlos Rodon oregon Clayton Kershaw (if Kershaw adjacent had involvement successful playing successful New York). Verlander could beryllium Kluber 2 — conscionable not capable wellness and consistency. But helium besides could be, if each goes well, starting Game 2 of a playoff bid down Cole.
He has overmuch successful communal with Verlander: He is coming disconnected Tommy John surgery, has hardly pitched the past 2 years, and the Mets apt volition enactment the qualifying connection connected him. He mightiness conscionable beryllium a tease, but helium is 1 talented tease. If helium takes a multiyear deal, the Yanks should beryllium out. But if Syndergaard were consenting to instrumentality a large one-year pact to re-establish himself for adjacent year’s market, helium becomes much attractive.
I volition notation 2 different free-agent starters I like: Eduardo Rodriguez (who volition astir apt get the qualifying connection from the Red Sox) and Alex Wood. Both lefties person wellness reddish flags. But I deliberation some are unafraid of large moments and, thus, could grip New York.
As with Verlander and Syndergaard, the Yanks would person to bash a heavy dive connected the medicals. Lopez missed astir 3 months past twelvemonth aft a rotator cuff strain earlier starting the past crippled of Miami’s season.
The Marlins’ spot is young pitching extent with Sandy Alcantara and Trevor Rogers successful the majors starring the way. Unless they are going connected an unexpected spending spree, Miami is going to person to usage the extent to summation equilibrium with young hitters.
If the Yankees are not consenting to walk large connected a free-agent shortstop specified arsenic Corey Seager oregon Marcus Semien, past they should besides beryllium talking to Miami astir Miguel Rojas — who offers defense, league mean discourtesy and savvy. Rojas is conscionable the benignant of subordinate that a squad successful the Marlins’ concern should beryllium looking to maximize: He volition play astatine 33 adjacent year, helium is connected a large woody ($5.5 million) and a replacement (Jazz Chisholm) is present. But I deliberation Miami loves this player, and that volition unsighted it to the world that Rojas is improbable to beryllium portion of the halfway of the adjacent contending Marlin team.
Oakland has 4 players heading to large arbitration paydays: starting pitchers Chris Bassit and Sean Manaea, who are escaped agents aft adjacent season, and country infielders Matt Chapman and Matt Olson. A nine with the A’s yearly payroll restraints volition person beryllium challenged to support them all.
Like galore teams, I could spot the Yankees being funny successful each of them individually oregon successful combinations — and I would propulsion successful the multi-positional, athletic, high-contact lefty-swinging Tony Kemp.
For different trades, I don’t ideate the Reds are acceptable to portion with Luis Castillo yet, nor the Diamondbacks with Zac Gallen nor the Phillies with Aaron Nola, adjacent if Nola could beryllium a gateway to amended the wide cloth of their roster. I deliberation the Yankees should lone see the wounded hazard and 2 years astatine $37 cardinal near with Yu Darvish if successful conjunction it gives them a accidental astatine Jake Cronenworth for shortstop oregon Trent Grisham successful center.
I watched each Yankees at-bat against the righty this year, and they were 0-for-12 with 8 strikeouts, and that mightiness marque maine biased. But it is much than that. Iglesias comfortably gets much than 3 outs. He could beryllium utilized arsenic an onslaught canine successful beforehand of Chapman, past beryllium the person replacement successful a year, allowing Holmes and Loaisiga to proceed to beryllium deployed whenever needed.
After important free-agent investments successful Britton and Chapman, the Yanks mightiness privation retired of the high-priced alleviation market, particularly for a person with location tally susceptibility. But Iglesias is simply a durable, fearless strike-thrower with the imaginable to marque the Yankees’ endgame overpowering.
If the Yanks similar not to store atop the market, Collin McHugh offers multi-role, multi-inning possibilities.