2. Zack Greinke
While Jon Gray lacks the veteran experience that Verlander possesses, fellow Astros pitcher Zack Greinke has it in spades.
Greinke is the same age as Verlander, beginning his own MLB career in 2004. Since then, Greinke has played for six different MLB teams, the most recent being with the Houston Astros.
Greinke raked in almost as much as Verlander per year, earning around $32 million per year on a three-year contract.
But since the Astros have committed to Verlander and are reportedly trying to keep Correa, Greinke may be less feasible to keep around in 2022 and beyond.
In terms of reliability and experience, Greinke is comparable to Verlander, meaning that New York wouldn’t lose out on much if they signed Greinke instead of Verlander. Greinke can hold over the Yankees and work to bring the AL East team a win instead of helping his AL West team dominate the league.
Greinke could be the piece the Yankees need to complete their team, and even though they lost out on Verlander, Greinke is the most similar option they could find with Verlander out of the picture.
Earlier in the World Series, Greinke made MLB history for pitchers at bat, and he could offer a powerful hitter and arm as a New York Yankee.