CARLSBAD, California – Speaking of the unofficial opening of the Hot Stove season on Monday afternoon, Brian Cashman could reinforce the Yankees star rotation with something old, new and borrowed.
(Not a little blue: The disappointing Sonny Gray will be traded soon, the Yankees general director said.)
At the start of the GM meetings, Cashman shared the need to earn "multiples" for his rotation, and he spoke Positive about it The Yankees oldest player of 2018, CC Sabathia, as well as the rental JA Happ, both are free agents. The team has already hired both Southpaws for a return, Cashman said.
The new could be a free agent like Patrick Corbin or Dallas Keuchel or an acquisition like the Indian Corey Kluber or the Giants Madison Bumgarner. A free agent signing seems more likely because a) Yankees' Yankee farm system has been weakened by countless graduations and trades, and b) the team's success in falling short of the luxury tax threshold last season is the current threshold of 206 Million dollars and pay a lower tax (20 percent compared to 50 percent) for this overhang.
While Cashman was not particularly interested in pitching other teams, he took a closer look at Sabathia and Happ. 1
"But it's a free market and that's why sometimes it gets complicated. So we'll see where this leads us. "
Sabathia recorded a total of 153 innings in 29 starts, which totaled 3.6 innings last season. He lost the last game of the Yankees, the American League Division Series Game 4, when he allowed three runs in three innings to the Red Sox.
He said 2019 would definitely be his last season, though he wobbled a little this past season on the subject.
Happ, 36, distinguished himself for the Yankees after coming out of the Blue Jays in a July 26 deal. With 11 launches with a total of 63 ² / ₃ innings he put together an ERA of 2.69 and a FIP of 4.21. Like Sabathia, he wavered in the end. It only consisted of two innings and allowed the Red Sox in ALDS Game 1 five runs.
"We needed pitching, and he did a great job for us," Cashman said. "Because he's one of us, it's not surprising [we’d like him back]. Did I talk to John Courtright, his agent? Yes. If it leads somewhere, I could not tell you. However, since he is one of us, he obviously checks all boxes. I would think that there is still a lot of interest in him. He has an excellent reputation as a pro throughout the game.
"The level of performance was exactly what we needed. He has put himself in a good position as a free agent. I do not know what happens when the dust settles. Only he and his agent. But yes, he would be on the list if he is interested in asserting himself.
Cashman and his lieutenants – senior vice president / deputy general manager Jean Afterman and specialist reconnaissance Jim Hendry were here on Monday The week was packed with agents and other teams to replenish their pitching cupboard.
"I'm interested in adding more than just a launcher. I think I have to add multiples, "said Cashman. "If I can, we'll see it."