Even after landing the winter’s grand prize in slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees still aren’t done with their holiday shopping. CC Sabathia’s reasonable return on a one-year deal earlier this month gives the Yanks five proven starters, but that hasn’t stopped GM Brian Cashman from scouring for an upgrade or being linked with a slew of available arms on the trade and free-agent markets. Here are seven potential additions the Yanks still can make to a starting rotation that also includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery: GERRIT COLE, RHP, Pirates The Yankees originally burned a first-round pick in 2008 (28th overall) on Cole only for him to spurn them for UCLA, but the 27-year-old righthander has since established himself as a front-line starter over five seasons with the Pirates. Cole has two more years of arbitration eligibility before he will become a free agent after the 2019 season. After being sidelined by elbow inflammation for a chunk of 2016, Cole made 33 starts and hurled 203 innings last season, finishing 12-12 with a career-worst 4.26 ERA. But he was 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA as recently as 2015. He likely would cost the Yankees multiple top prospects, but Clint Frazier certainly has been made expendable since Stanton’s acquisition. CHRIS ARCHER, RHP, Rays Still, Archer has proven to be one of the more durable starters in the American League, averaging 33 starts and 202 innings over the past four years. He also is reasonably priced at $13.75 million combined over the next two seasons — followed by $8.25 million options for two subsequent years — meaning he’d be under team control through 2021. ALEX COBB, RHP, Rays Cobb would be pricier financially as a free-agent signing — thereby potentially affecting the Yankees’ stated goal of finally getting under the $197 million luxury tax threshold. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015, costing him the majority of the following season, but he rebounded to pitch a career-high 179 innings in 2017 for the Rays, going 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA.
7 starting pitchers Yankees could target to bolster their rotation
New York Daily News | Dec 20