The New York Yankees have one major pitching this offseason: pitching. That explains why they’re only going to carefully monitor the Manny Machado market. They’re not going to set that particular market. But when it comes to pitching, they have options. And a couple of them are internal. Per Wallace Matthews of the New York Daily News, the Yankees might look to re-sign J.A. Happ and C.C. Sabathia.
“From what I have been told, the Yankees will definitely explore re-signing Happ and Sabathia; a baseball source told me a strong pursuit of Happ is ‘a no-brainer,'” Matthews writes.
But the question is: should they? If we’re talking about Happ, then it may truly be a no-brainer as the source suggests. After all, he would post a 2.69 ERA across 63.2 regular-season innings for the Yankees. But his FIP (4.24) and DRA (4.00) paints a bit more worrying picture. Plus, he’s already 36 years old — the Yankees need to replace these guys eventually. Which brings us to Sabathia. The 38-year-old gave them 153 solid innings this past season, posting a 3.65 ERA. But again, his FIP (4.19) and DRA (4.40) paint a more worrying picture. Additionally, how much longer can they count on Sabathia to give them that many innings?
In any case, the Yankees are coming off a 100-win season and a playoff appearance. They did get past the Oakland Athletics in the wild card game, but lost to the eventual World Series champion Red Sox in four games in the ALDS. The goal is to win the World Series, and it’s evident they’ll need a couple more pieces to do so. So expect the Yankees to be active this offseason.
In addition to Sabathia and Happ, their other free agents include: Adeiny Hechavarria, Zach Britton, Neil Walker, David Robertson, Lance Lynn and Andrew McCutchen. Will any of them return?