The Yankees need to acquire a quality starting pitcher ahead of the trade deadline. Here are five off the radar arms Brian Cashman should be looking into.
Trading for Zach Britton was a solid first step in preparing the Yankees for the playoffs, but Brian Cashman’s job isn’t done. The team still needs to acquire a quality starting pitcher before the month is over. Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of top-flight arms on the market this season.
Yankee fans dreaming about adding someone like Madison Bumgarner or Jacob deGrom almost certainly need to stop getting their hopes up. The Giants insist they won’t deal Bumgarner under any circumstances and the upheaval in Queens make a deGrom deal very unlikely. If the Yankees want to get quality, they’re going to have to dig a little deeper.
The most likely scenario is for Cashman to swing a deal for a player who isn’t being prominently discussed at the moment. In this piece we’ll look at a few potential under the radar targets for the Yankees. We start with a quality starter in Minnesota.
3. Kyle Gibson
The Twins are currently eight games behind the Indians in the AL Central so they should be strongly considering selling some assets before the deadline. Gibson isn’t the sexiest option in the Minnesota rotation, but he’s a steady presence who could help the Yankees.
The fact that he’s in the last year of his contract with the Twins should also help make him available. He’ll be looking for a significant raise over the $4.2 million he’s earning this season. The Twins may not want to be the team to pay him significant money this winter.
The 30-year-old is having his best year as a professional at the perfect time. His current ERA of 3.57 is a full run and a half less than last year’s total of 5.07. His improvement is largely the result of producing a lot more strikeouts this season. That’s also served to drop his home run rate considerably.
Gibson isn’t an overpowering guy that’s going to turn the AL East race around by himself, but he’s a significant upgrade over Luis Cessa or Domingo German. If the Twins are willing to make a deal, this is a transaction Cashman can swing without giving up too much.