On the Michael Kay Show, New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said that pitching would be the priority this coming offseason. So let’s look at some of the top options on the market.
Patrick Corbin is a New York native and grew up a fan of the Yankees. Admittedly, most of his family are still Yankee fans. Corbin has also expressed a desire to pitch for the Yankees. Thus signing the free agent to be should be relatively straightforward. And because Corbin is a starting pitcher (the weakest area for the Yankees this past season) it seems like a perfect match.
JA Happ finished the season with the Yankees. And he pitched well for the Bronx Bombers throughout much of his time in Pinstripes. So it would make a lot of sense for the Yankees to pursue a reunion with the left-hander. The Yankees rotation beyond Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka is wide open. With CC Sabathia becoming a free agent. And Jordan Montgomery still recovering from Tommy John Surgery. And young guys like Domingo German, Luis Cessa, Chance Adams, and Justus Sheffield all still need some development. So bring back a guy like Happ can help mentor the younger guys. But also provide the Yankees valuable innings of work.
A complete career resurgence was witnessed during the 2017 season for Charlie Morton. And it carried over into 2018. So with free agency impending the Yankees would do well to check in on Charlie Morton. Morton was dominant during his time with the 2017 Astros in both a starting and relieving capacity. And that type of versatility would benefit the Bombers greatly during the 2019 campaign.
Another Houston Astros pitcher will also be hitting the market, the finesse left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel has spent the entirety of his career with the Astros. During that time he has won a Cy Young award and helped put the nail in the Yanks coffin on two separate occasions (2015 AL Wildcard, 2017 ALCS.) So now as a free agent, he can make amends and turn the tides back in favor of the Bronx. When Dallas Keuchel is on he can keep the ball out of the heart of the plate and that would bode well for New York.