The New York Yankees have a surplus of arms in the bullpen, and that is super beneficial when it comes to injuries. But, the team may have too many long relievers and not enough space for all of them.
Get Rid Of Cessa And Adams
Luis Cessa and Chance Adams are starting pitchers turned long relievers, but over the last few seasons the once highly touted prospects have not lived up to expectations.
Cessa has a career 7-12 record with a 4.50 ERA over 232 career innings. He has always struggled to perform under pressure and his best outings are always in low leverage situations. The 27 year old righty out of Cuba has spent part of four seasons on the 25 man roster, and spent the entire 2019 season in the MLB. He was one of the few Yankees to stay healthy all season.
Chance Adams has a much smaller Major League sample size compared to Cessa, but hasn’t performed well recently at any level. Adams kinda leveled out in AAA, and may be nothing more than a minor league pitcher. He has a 1-2 record with an 8.18 ERA in 33 major league innings.
Both players hurt the Yankees and need to let them go.
Enter Jordan Montgomery
With the starting pitching situation, Jordan Montgomery will likely shift into the long reliever role. The team will for sure have Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Luis Severino, and JA Happ as starting pitchers if they all stay healthy. They may have Domingo German if he isn’t banned, and they will likely sign a pitcher in free agency.
Montgomery came back in late 2019 after Tommy John Surgery, only starting six games in 2018. He had a 3.88 ERA in 29 starts in 2017, his rookie season.
Jordan Montgomery has a great arm, and the Yankees should push him into the long relief role and push Luis Cessa and Chance Adams out of the picture.