We are halfway through the Yankees offseason, and the team wasted no time in making moves to bolster their team.
Now that the team made most of their big moves before Christmas, what exactly comes next for the Bronx Bombers?
Well, the Yankees need to add starting pitching to their repertoire after losing Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova last season. The Yankees have two options on how to get starting pitching. They could trade for a pitcher, with Brett Gardner being their remaining trade piece. Or they could let the kids take over.
Filling the need for starting pitching by trade would leave a glaring hole in the outfield, and the Yankees, who are in a rebuild and reload year, most likely don’t want to take that risk going into this season. The team intends to compete for the Wild Card, so they would be a more valuable team with Gardner on it than competing for a rival. Not to mention Gardner has a hefty price tag, and is in a way overvalued by Brian Cashman.
That means the logical choice would be to look within the organization for starting pitching. And the Yankees are far from depleted when it comes to having young arms. They could use Luis Cessa, Adam Warren, Luis Severino or others to accompany Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda in the starting rotation. And finding out the talent they have within could help the Yankees continue their building towards the future.
The Yankees theoretically are probably done with their winter shopping, and they could easily contend for a Wild Card with the roster they have now. While these aren’t the Yankees that are flashy with their spending, they’re being smart, which should help them build a young team for the future.