The New York Yankees will likely have to approach this off-season with financial limitations in mind. Despite the Steinbrennerâ€™s opening up their checkbook to extend a few big-name players, last season for general manager Brian Cashman was a struggle. He had to settle on players who are making minimal salaryâ€™s coming off serious injuries to try and piece together the starting rotation.
Holding back on spending, it’s an unfortunate reality as the Steinbrennerâ€˜s peak over at their rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays. Cashman traded for Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jameson Taillon and signed Corey Kluber to a one-year, $11 million deal. With Tampa having a minuscule salary cap compared to the Yankees, management doesnâ€™t understand why their young prospects aren’t contributing as much as others around the league.
However, that could lead the Yankees to a more frugal approach this off-season, and one pitcher who could present a cheaper opportunity on a short-term deal is Noah Syndergaard.
Joel Sherman of the NY Post suggests that the Yankees could target Noah Syndergaard on a short-term deal, which could be a wonderful idea:
He has much in common with Verlander: He is coming off Tommy John surgery, has hardly pitched the past two years, and the Mets likely will put the qualifying offer on him. He might just be a tease, but he is one talented tease. If he takes a multiyear deal, the Yanks should be out. But if Syndergaard were willing to take a big one-year pact to re-establish himself for next yearâ€™s market, he becomes more attractive.
Syndergaard hasnâ€™t pitched in over five games since 2019, when he hosted a 4.28 ERA over 200 innings pitched. In 2018, he hosted a 3.03 ERA, collecting 13 wins and a 49% ground ball rate. If Syndergaard can return to health, there is no question he could be an adequate pitcher at a solid price point. Thereâ€™s little chance he finds a suitor willing to pay him on a multi-year deal with significant money allocations.
With that being said, the Yankees might be able to take advantage of his recent injury history and land him on a cost-efficient contract for one season, similar to Kluber. With money needing to be spent at shortstop, Cashman is going to have to cut a few corners, and Syndergaard understands the market and is a talented starter when healthy. The question is, how long can he be dependent on before he starts missing games in 2022?