In the quest by the New York Yankees to find another starting pitcher to complete its already strong rotation, the American League club is said to be focusing on the market’s biggest name: Yu Darvish.
The Yankees like the right-hander and would consider signing him if they could agree to a good price. Darvish and right-hander Jake Arrieta are expected to command the biggest deals amongst the starting pitchers this offseason who are on the free agent list.
Darvish has been chosen for the All-Star team four times, and had an ERA of 3.86 with 209 strikeouts for the Rangers and Dodgers in 2017, although during the World Series he struggled for the Dodgers.
At the same time, New York has previously been linked to other starters that are on the trade market since signing left-hander CC Sabathia to a one year contract. Those other reported targets of the Yankees included Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer, Detroit’s Michael Fulmer and Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole.
The Yankees also have been looking at Alex Cobb a free agent according to one insider along with several other free agents still on the market.
However, Darvish would be the most high-profile signing of all of them, if the Yankees are able to swing a deal. It may be tough paying Darvish and squeeze under the luxury tax line of $197 million after the other offseason moves.
However, the possibility exists a deal could be reached as teams have attempted to wait Darvish out so his price drops, and one insider points out that if the Yankees move a player with a big salary via a trade, such as Jacoby Ellsbury, that would help as well.
The offseason has not been as busy as most previous offseasons. The number of free agents signed and the number of trades between teams have been very low.
Few high-profile free agent signing have been made, while trades have also been much lighter than the normal at this time of year.
The high profile trades have mostly centered round the Miami Marlins as the organization attempts to slash payroll. Their first big name trade was when they traded away Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners. That was followed by a trade of Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees and following that was Marcell Ozuna, who was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.