The Yankees need to add serious talent to end their World Series drought. That’s why Brian Cashman will chase these five free agents this winter.
Most MLB teams would classify a season where they won over 100 games and advanced to the ALCS as a success. The Yankees consider it a complete failure. That will give Brian Cashman and the team’s front office a lot of motivation to spend big in free agency this winter.
It’s not an incredibly deep free agent class, but there are quite a few players who should interest the Yankees. Not surprisingly, the focus of this list will be on starting pitching. That’s where the biggest gap between the Yankees and their most intense competition for a World Series title lies. Don’t be surprised if Cashman chases multiple starters this offseason.
So let’s jump right into the list of the five players who should top the franchise’s shopping list. The first player will be tough for the Yankees to sign, but he’s still deserving of a big offer.
There may be legitimate questions about how much MadBum has left in the tank, but at worst he remains a very solid starting pitcher. His ability to eat innings and turn things up a notch in the postseason will certainly intrigue Cashman and his front office.
The big question about Bumgarner is whether or not he’s willing to make the move to the Bronx. There’s a strong feeling in the industry that he’d like to stay in a smaller market. A move to the Braves looks particularly intriguing given their proximity to his North Carolina home.
Despite all that, expect the Yankees to be strongly involved in this bidding war. Cashman won’t be willing to give him a five or six-year deal, but a lucrative three-year contract could be perfect for the Yankees. At the very least, New York will drive up the price for Bumgarner this winter.