With rumors indicating the New York Yankees could pursue star pitchers like Madison Bumgarner and Max Scherzer, it’s becoming more apparent that the starting rotation is running extremely thin.
With James Paxton suffering through knee inflammation, CC Sabathia succumbing to age, Domingo German on the 10-day IL, and Masahiro Tanaka struggling with his accuracy, the rotation is full of deficiencies.
Adding a star to the group would immediately help the Yankees drag themselves out of their current funk, and with Luis Severino still a few months away from returning, there’s no end in sight for the downward trending group.
However, GM Brian Cashman should refrain from spending too much on a replacement pitcher – this idea is a testament to his caution with signing Dallas Keuchel.
The Yankees have been conservative in the market:
Despite the Atlanta Braves bringing him in for the remainder of the 2019 season, the Yankees passed on the former CY Young award winning pitcher. I believe that Cashman won’t and shouldn’t trade for any pitchers, simply because the Yankees have proven they can weather any storm.
Featuring a team made up of reserves, they’ve crawled to a 41-25 record. Players like Gio Urshela, Luke Voit, and Clint Frazier have picked up the slack in the absence of the starters. On the pitching side, German has been dominant, but a recent injury he played through has affected his efficiency.
He’s 9-2 on the season with a 3.86 ERA that has skyrocketed since the inception of his ailment. The bullpen, which is also undergoing a severe case of the injury bug, is stripped thin as well with Dellin Betances suffering a setback in his return from injury.
The Bombers have had success pulling up minor league players to supplement the loss of starters, but I’m not sure how much longer they can survive this bout of injury.