June 22, 2021

Why the Yankees should be interested in these free agent pitchers (Pinstripe Alley)

While the Yankees struggled offensively this past postseason, there is clearly room for improvement with the pitching staff. The James Paxton trade was big last year, but we never got to see the pitching staff at full strength last year due to Luis Severino’s injury. Considering the question marks surrounding Domingo German, it’d be wise for the Yankees to make a move for a starting pitcher.

There are several big pitching names on the free agent market this offseason that the Yankees could take advantage of. Those names consist of Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Madison Bumgarner and Dallas Keuchel. Each of these pitchers brings something very different to the table, so let’s take a look at what each one does best.

Gerrit Cole

Justin Verlander won the Cy Young in 2019, but a lot of people around baseball will tell you that Gerrit Cole was the best pitcher, having gone undefeated from May 22 until one game in the World Series. Cole was simply a strikeout machine, and he finished the season with 326. His best weapon? Easily his fastball. He struck out 178 with a fastball averaging 97.2 mph. That pitch, so delicately placed on the edges of the batters box,…

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