New York Yankees rumors: Josh Hader, Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-jin Ryu

New York Yankees looking into Hyun-jin Ryu?

The New York Yankees have already started their offseason lavishly with the signing of star pitcher Gerrit Cole, but it doesn’t seem as if they’re prepared to walk away with a bounty of riches already in tow. General manager Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner have been open to considering any pieces that can help the Yankees reach the World Series in 2020. That probability undoubtedly sky-rocker the very moment Cole agreed to a nine-year, $324 million contract.

However, there’s still work to be down, as Cashman remains engaged with pitches Josh Hader (trade), Dallas Keuchel, and Hyun-jin Ryu. Sprinkle in a bit of Madison Bumgardner, and you have to wonder, what’s Cashman’s motive staying in the pitching market.

We can assume Dellin Betances is likely on his way out considering his slew of injuries and torn Achilles last season. The Bombers seem more intrigued by the idea of a multi-year deal rather than a one-year “prove it” agreement. With the market always expanding and becoming more expensive, locking down players for numerous years theoretically should save them money in the future.

Here are the latest New York Yankees rumors of the day:

MLB Marathon: #Yankees remain in contact with representatives of Ryu, Keuchel, and Bumgarner. Ryu and Keuchel of course represented by Boras corp. Even after signing Cole, Yanks looking to add to rotation. #MLB

Jon Heyman: Yankees are among teams to talk to Brewers about Josh Hader, as

@Ken_Rosenthal reported. NYY does have the players to make it work. No sense from teams yet Milwaukee is motivated to move him. But they are talking.

 

MLB Marathon: #Indians Corey Kluber likely to be traded before Christmas. Momentum has picked up in talks for the right hander. #Padres, #Yankees, #Rangers, others remain engaged. No clear front runner as of yet.

Jon Heyman: Corey Kluber trade market is very active. Multiple teams in. Some may prefer to wait till spring to gauge progress, but interest is strong. Much more likely to be dealt than Lindor, and perhaps soon.

@ByRobertMurray mentioned 1st today

 

 

New York Yankees: Hyun-Jin Ryu Could Be A Free Agent Target

Hyun-Jin Ryu has been an overlooked name on the free agent market thus far, and the New York Yankees could possibly be targeting him.

Ryu, 32, is coming off a 2nd place finish in the NL Cy Young race, leading the Dodgers to the postseason with Clayton Kershaw having a down year. He had a 2.32 ERA over 29 starts, but did fade a little bit towards the end of the season.

Ryu has a career ERA under three over seven seasons.

How Serious Could The Yankees Be?

Hyun-Jin Ryu is by no means the top target for the Yankees, but could be a plan B. Going to plan B would be if the team fails to sign Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg.

Zack Wheeler was originally considered plan B, but was recently picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies on a five year, $118 million deal.

There are a few major drawbacks about if the Yankees signed Ryu. The biggest one is that it’s not Cole or Strasburg, but also since he’s older and another lefty.

He will be 33 in the spring, and the Yankees wouldn’t be able to spend big bucks on him and sign him for more than probably five years.

He would also be the third lefty starting pitcher on the team. James Paxton and Jordan Montgomery are also lefty, but Montgomery may move to the bullpen or be moved from the Yankees altogether. You don’t want to have too much of an unbalance of lefty or righty arms.

Overall, Hyun-Jin Ryu could be a nice fallback option, but won’t be a name that the team willy heavily pursue unless Cole and Strasburg fall off the market.

New York Mets: Two Cy Young Contenders Square Off

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

On Friday night, Clayton Kershaw outpitched Noah Syndergaard in the Dodgers 9-2 victory. Jacob deGrom and the Mets have the opportunity to knot up the series against Hyun-Jin Ryu, who looked to be running away with the Cy Young award just a month ago. Due to a few bad starts, he is no longer the front runner.

deGrom and Ryu seem to be trending in opposite directions. Over his last four starts, he has an ERA just under 10 and has walked 7 batters. This has caused his ERA to jump a full run from 1.45 to 2.45. Rye’s recent struggles has also allowed deGrom and a few others to reenter the Cy Young picture.

Since the trade deadline, deGrom has pitched to a 2.33 ERA and has kept himself in the front of the pack. No Met has ever won back to back Cy Young awards and if he wins another, he will join Tom Seaver as the only other Met to win multiple Cy Young awards.

deGrom Has to Lead the Charge

After their loss in the first game of the series, game two becomes a must win game. The Cubs are going to defeat the Pirates and a four game deficit seems insurmountable at this point in the season. The Mets have been full of fight all season, but it will take a major miracle to comeback from that.

deGrom will see a lineup with only three right handed hitters, much like Syndergaard the previous night. A win for him would equal the same amount of wins he put together last season and the Mets need him to carry them to a victory.