The New York Yankees have not been quiet this offseason, as the team signed two high-profile free agents. The Yankees signed Matt Holliday who will be the designated hitter and Aroldis Chapman their new shutdown closer.
New York finished fourth this past season in the very competitive American League East and even following a strong performance during the second half of the season with a core of young, talented players, the Yankees do not figure to be serious contenders in 2017.
However, general manager Brian Cashman said he was 99.9% certain the team would not make any further moves this winter.
Nevertheless, the Yankees are linked to rumors of a trade with the Chicago White Sox for left-hander Jose Quintana. That would be a very notable addition to the Yankees rotation but there are a few questions marks related to the possible trade.
If the Yankees pushed to acquire Quintana, the price would indeed be high. The southpaw has reached near-ace status and has a long-term deal that is friendly to the White Sox.
At present, the Yankees rotation has Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka interchangeable at 1 and 2, who are two good pitchers but prone to injury.
Following them, there is the veteran CC Sabathia, Chad Green and Luis Severino rounding out the starters. If there are no injury issues, the rotation is solid but that is almost impossible today with pitchers.
However, Cashman seems not to be willing to pay the current rates for Chicago’s Quintana because that would eat into his impressive group of young players he has built up over the past couple of seasons.
There is little to offer in starting pitchers in the free agent market. Therefore the only way to boost the Yankees pitching rotation would be through a trade and with the general manager not willing to part with some of his young talent, it appears the starting rotation for the Yankees this spring will look very similar to what it is now.
Scherzer Will Not Play for U.S.
The Washington Nationals announced that Max Scherzer the current holder of the National League Cy Young award, who was expected to play for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic, will not play.
Scherzer has a fractured finger on his right hand but expects to be ready for spring training. The Nationals need a healthy Scherzer as they expect to battle for the NL East title.