It’s no question that the New York Yankees lacked pitching this season. Every pitcher in the rotation struggled with going the distance in their starts, which puts a lot of pressure and work on the bullpen.
Fortunately for the Yankees, there are a plethora of pitchers who are eligible for free agency this offseason that the Bombers could pick up. Here are two guys that Brain Cashman and the Yankees need to go after.
Clearly one of the best pitchers this season, Gerrit Cole is the number one guy the Yankees should be chasing. He led the league this season with the lowest ERA at 2.50 and most strikeouts at 326.
The only thing the Yankees will have to consider is Cole will want a big contract. After this career-changing season, Cole will be looking for a contract into the triple digits in terms of millions. Good news for the Yankees: they can afford anyone.
A ten-year veteran, Stephen Strasburg is everything the Yankees want in a pitcher. Able to go the distance consistently, Strasburg has been a premier pitcher in the major leagues for the majority of his career. Credited to a 3.32 ERA this season, Strasburg led the national league with 18 wins.
The only concern with Strasburg is he’s dealt with several injuries that could be career-ending throughout his career. With how this season went with the Yankees, that could cause hesitation because the Yankees won’t want a repeat of this season with all the injuries they had.