New York Yankees news, rumors: Starlin Castro, 2 relief pitchers to target

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Sep 20, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro (13) kisses a baseball prior a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The offseason is far from over for the New York Yankees as GM Brian Cashman continues his quest to piece together a World Series caliber team for the 2020 season. Realistically, Cashman could leave the current team be, and they would undoubtedly have the highest probability for success, but several holes remain.

With Dellin Betances walking in free agency and Nestor Cortes Jr. being traded, the Yankees need to supplement the loss with another relief arm. Talks continue with Josh Hader, who has four years of team control remaining on his contract, but nothing tangible has crept through the grapevine.

Reports of Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, and a prospect being the Brewers’ desire has been noted, but Cashman refuses to give up that much value in a deal. He’s willing to part with Andujar and a prospect, but it boils down to who, and what value they have in the near future for the Bombers.

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The idea of reuniting with Starlin Castro has been floated in the media, and it’s not a lousy thought considering his offensive quality. While with the Yankees in 2017, he slashed .300/.338/.454 slash line over 112 games. His reliable health also makes him attractive.

A one-year deal would make the most sense for Starlin, who would earn an opportunity to play on one of the best teams in baseball and have a chance at winning a World Series. Last season, he racked up 22 homers and 86 runs, logging robust defensive statistics, as well. His .979 fielding percentage at second base and .963 percentage at third base makes him valuable, especially regarding his versatility.

If the Yankees trade Andujar, Castro makes the most sense to reunite with. This is all theoretical, but something to chew on.

Two relief pitcher to consider:

1.) Alex Wood

Wood, who has been slowed by injuries in recent years, had a tough year with the Cincinnati Reds last season, posting a 5.80 ERA. The more attractive side of Wood is his lefty arm and expected low-price tag. Factor in his sub-.400 ERA over seven consecutive seasons, and he’s worth taking a look at.

2.) Will Harris

With the Houston Astros last season, Harris posted solid numbers (4-1 record, 1.50 ERA, 62 SO). He signed for one-year, $4.225 million, and could be a cheap option for the Yankees. He’s familiar with high-pressure situations and would fit the bill to replace Betances and Cortes. His 60.0 inning pitched is a rather small sample size, but he is a reliable option nonetheless.

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