To the surprise of no one, the New York Yankees are in the market for a top end pitcher in free agency. After meeting with ex-Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole, the next person on the list was World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg.
According to MLB insider Mark Feinsand, New York's meeting with Strasburg on Wednesday in California went well.
The Yankees discussed the New York market while also mentioning the direction of the team, which is obviously looking to contend in 2020. Strasburg would be a big step towards achieving their World Series aspirations.
In 33 regular season games with the Washington Nationals, Strasburg recorded an NL-best 18 wins and a 3.32 ERA in 209.1 innings pitched, also the most in the NL.
While those numbers were impressive, Strasburg's price tag only increased during the Nationals' World Series run. The 32-year-old was a perfect 2-0 in the World Series, where he posted a 2.51 ERA and recorded 14 strikeouts in 14.1 innings pitched.
The New York Yankees were burned by the Nationals last offseason by getting stingy on their contract offer to then-free agent Patrick Corbin. As it turns out, Corbin's addition helped lead Washington to their first-ever Commissioner's Trophy.
Yankee fans are holding out hope that this is the offseason the team is finally able to land their coveted ace, and early reports from the meeting with Strasburg bode well for the Bombers.