The Yankees enter the offseason with a fortune to spend. Here are five big time free agents the team will chase this winter.
Brian Cashman stuck to his guns and make sure the Yankees remained under the MLB luxury tax this season. That means the team will enter the offseason with a small fortune to spend. As you might expect, that means Cashman will target some of the best players in this year’s free agent class.
This class isn’t terribly deep, but there are several players at the top of the list that can help any team in MLB. Expect the Yankees to be linked strongly with a number of top talents. Some of that will be fiction, but a lot of it will be fact as well.
In this piece we’ll walk you through five big name free agents who the Yankees will legitimately pursue. We start with a talented pitcher who could slot in near the top of Aaron Boone’s rotation.
5. Dallas Keuchel
There’s no debate that Cashman’s top priority in free agency will be to improve his starting rotation. Acquiring an established top-end starter like Keuchel would definitely give the team a healthy boost.
The Astros southpaw enjoyed a solid, but unspectacular 2018 regular season. The Yankees would certainly benefit from adding a starter who can give them over 200 innings with a 3.74 ERA. That won’t make him the ace of the staff, but it will make him a reliable player to trot out on the mound once every five games.
Adding Keuchel would only weaken the Astros. That won’t be the Yankees primary motivation for chasing him, but it would be an added bonus for Cashman and company. In the end, don’t expect him to be the top pitcher on the Yankees’ shopping list, but he’ll attract serious attention from the club. Keuchel is definitely a pitcher who could don pinstripes in 2019.