The Yankees' Biggest Mistake Was Not Signing Patrick Corbin in the Offseason

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Patrick Corbin #46 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Nationals Park on October 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Four | Will Newton/Getty Images

If people are complaining about New York Yankees' manager Aaron Boone overmanaging his team in the ALCS, they should really be complaining about GM Brian Cashman's lack of moves during the offseason.

As the Yankees fell behind 2-1 in the ALCS against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, the Washington Nationals are headed to their first World Series ever after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 with none other than Patrick Corbin on the mound.

The Yankees were in the market for starting pitching this past offseason but failed to make any huge splashes, instead settling with the starters they already had (with JA Happ's re-signing being the biggest mistake of them all).

While they entered the 2019 season with major questions circulating around their rotation, they were stabilized by the strong performance of Domingo German, who was the team's top arm for most of the season.

However, his season was ended early after allegations of domestic abuse were made public, and Major League Baseball had no other choice but to ban him for the remainder of the year.

And now, the Yankees are missing a true fourth starter in the most important part of the season, where everything is on the line.

How could Brian Cashman pass up on signing a good starter at a fair price knowing that this could potentially be the second decade since the 1920s in which the Yankees don't win a championship?

That's unacceptable. George Steinbrenner must be rolling over in his grave right now.