MLB Network Radio’s Steve Phillips thinks Cashman could sign at least two more pitchers:
“Paxton is somewhat unpredictable with his health. In fact he is predictable, in that he’s never made more than 28 starts in a season. So you have to think he’s gonna have some time that he needs to be backed off. And Sabathia, too. He’s probably in that 25-to-28-start range as well. We saw Severino run out of gas late, right? Some questions about whether he in August was dinged up a bit. Tanaka, another year of wear and tear on that elbow. I could see them getting Happ AND Corbin. That they could get both of those guys and try to make that fit and make it work. And they could manage it like the Dodgers have done, using that 10-day DL to their advantage.”
Signing both would give the Yanks six starters: Severino, Corbin, Tanaka, Paxton, Happ and CC.
Four lefties, never bad at Yankee Stadium.
6 x 27 starts each equals, you guessed it, 162.
I don’t see it happening, but just to think about it,
Severino, 24, 32 starts last year, but seemed to peter out down the stretch.
Corbin, 29, had 33 starts.
Tanaka, 29, 27 starts on the nose, and of course he has been battling that ligament issue for a while now.
Paxton, 30, 28 starts, most of his career, has battled injuries the past few years.
Happ, 36, had 31 starts.
CC 38, 39 next July, had 29 starts last year, and that knee will still be a concern in his final season.
Interesting concept, don’t see it happening, but if the Yanks COULD get both Corbin and Happ…. nice rotation.
Meanwhile, the Yanks won 100 last year with
Domingo German 14 starts (AAA in 2019? MLB as a middle relief/spot starter?)
Sonny Gray 23 starts (Yanks to trade him away soon)
Lance Lynn 9 starts (Free agent who most likely is gone)
Luis Cessa 5 starts (AAA?)
Jordan Montgomery 6 starts (will miss all or most of 2019, TJ surgery)
Jonathan Loaisiga 4 starts (AAA? emergency starter?)
Chance Adams 1 start (AAA?)
Ok, those 7 combined for 62 starts of the 162 games (and another 34 relief appearances). A combined record of 21-22, 374.66 IP, ERA 4.95. That is like the equivalent of two starters each giving you 10-11, 4.95 and 182 innings each. Not good enough.
I like Loiasiga, 23. Others will be gone (Gray, Lynn) or unavailable (Montgomery). But getting more starts out of the established starters, and keeping them healthy, is important.
And by established starters, that means the newly acquired Paxton as well as one or TWO other established starters.
So maybe Phillips is on to something. Who knows? Worth a look.