Going into the offseason, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman identified starting pitching as a top priority. He eventually settled on James Paxton, J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia.
That game plan might have been different, had he traded for Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer last season, when Detroit was shopping him before the trade deadline.
At the time, Fulmer was an attractive option.
The 26-year-old was the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year. He was an American League All-Star in 2017. But 2018 was a complete disaster, a season which saw him lose a career-high 12 games.
However, Fulmer is on the books for just $2.8 million in 2019, per Spotrac, and still has three seasons of arbitration eligibility remaining.