If the New York Yankees decide not to go after Trevor Bauer, here are three external free agent pitching options they could target.
Yankees fans are entering the 2021 offseason drooling at the idea of signing former All-Star and likely 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer.
Bauer had a tremendous season with the Cincinnati Reds, posting a 1.73 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 73 innings of work coming at a perfect time as he’s now set to hit the open market.
However, the Yankees may opt not to pursue Bauer as he’s likely to demand ace money, which the team may be unable to afford after dishing out a $324 million deal to Gerrit Cole last offseason.
If the Yankees opt to look at external free-agent options not named Trevor Bauer this offseason, here are three names they may consider.
After just one inning in a Texas Rangers uniform, 34-year old right-hander Corey Kluber is set to hit the free-agent market.
Kluber was traded to the Rangers last offseason after eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians that saw him win two Cy Young Awards, earn three All-Star game trips, lead the AL in wins twice, and lead the AL in ERA in 2017.
While Kluber is coming off two straight injury-riddled seasons and is now at the back end of his career, he could be the perfect addition to the Yankees rotation on a short-term deal.
Kluber is a seasoned veteran who owns Cy Young Award trophies and has pitched in the postseason several times, including in the 2016 World Series.
He’d be worth taking a flyer on as if he can find any of his old self; he could climb into the second spot of the Yankee rotation behind Cole.