Yankees 2020 Recap
The Yankees are coming off of yet another disappointing post season exit. They have a really talented roster but have been unable to get over the hunt the past couple of seasons. In fact, they have not won since 2009 which is part of the longest drought ever for such a historic franchise. They most recently lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS. Gerrit Cole did everything he could to put them in a position to win, but in the end it simply wasn’t enough.
What we learned from this series is that the Yankees really needed to go out and get some pitching. This offseason, that is exactly what they did. Outside of Cole, the only reliable pitchers the Yankees had was Tanaka, Paxton and Happ. All three of these players were either really inconsistent or had serious problems staying healthy all season. The Yankees knew they had to make changes to this rotation, in order to have any shot at the world series next year. This is too big of a team and a city for them to be held without titles for that much longer.
After the long back and forth, the Yankees finally managed to get DJ Lemahieu to resign. Since that was the #1 priority of the offseason, they then moved on to the starting pitcher market. They went out and signed Corey Kluber who will be the unquestioned #2 in the rotation now, at the most #3. He has some playoff experience and can be a great complimentary piece in the rotation that lacked depth in 2020. They also added Jameson Taillon from the Pirates. He has been a solid starter in the majors outside an injury filled 2020.
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To add to that, they went out and got Darren O Day from Baltimore who is a solid veteran starter, which is what this team needs. On top of that, they will be hoping to get Domingo German back in the lineup after bring suspended for all of 2020. Former ace Luis Severino will be recovering from Tommy John Surgery, so he should be ready to go for the second half of the season. If you add Deivi Garcia and Jordan Montgomery to this line up, it becomes very deep and very solid. This rotation could and should be at least top 5 amongst the MLB.
How The Yankees Rotation Compares to Others
There are certainly stronger rotations like the Dodgers, Mets and even the Padres, but after that the Yankees seem to have that #4 spot secure. The key to success for not only this rotation, but this entire team is to stay healthy during the season. This is something that the Yankees have been really struggling to do for the past 2-3 seasons. The only expectations for this team is to win a world series.
This team will once again have a shot at winning it all this year and they certainly have the talent to do so.