In an effort to maintain a modicum of depth in the rotation, they may be looking to re-sign starting pitchers JA Happ and CC Sabathia.
While Happ and Sabathia are both in their late 30s, each was productive during the regular season. Sabathia has been with the team since 2009, while Happ was traded from Toronto just before the trade deadline and pitched well up until the playoffs.
The Yankees have long been rumored to be going after big fish this winter, as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado's names have been thrown around over the past two years as potential targets. The Yanks even stayed under the luxury tax limit last season to prepare to spend big this offseason, so shoring up these loose ends may simply be the smaller achievements before the big win.
The Yankees have a very productive offense led by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton and the best bullpen in baseball, but it's the starting pitching that has let them down in past seasons, especially this year in the playoffs. It's rumored that they've been targeting the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin to help with that.
Now that Clayton Kershaw is officially staying, Patrick Corbin will become the highest-paid free agent pitcher this winter when he signs with the #Yankees— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 2, 2018
They also may take a look at Corey Kluber, who was announced yesterday to be available, against all odds.
Yankees fans are expecting big things this offseason. Brian Cashman is already active, and the offseason is just getting started.
Happ's a steady presence, and if his innings are properly managed, Sabathia could be a helpful force once again.