The Yankees decided to tender contracts to everyone on their 40-man roster before the December 2 deadline, but the same can’t be said for many other MLB teams. A handful of former stars or recently serviceable players were cast off by their teams, adding to the list of free agents the Yankees front office will look at to improve their roster for the 2020 season. Here are three non-tendered players who could land on the Yankees’ radar in the coming days, weeks, or months.
Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, posted a horrible 5.72 ERA last season, but there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about his future. Gausman is still only 28 years old, and he posted his highest career K/9 (10.03) and lowest xFIP since 2016 last season.
He gave up on his historically hittable slider in 2019 and increased the usage of his splitter. According to Statcast, opponents scorched his fastball to the tune of a .550 SLG, but posted a measly .203 xBA against his splitter, giving him a potentially dangerous offering if he can locate his fastball more effectively moving forward.
Gausman also showed some promise as a relief pitcher, a transition that’s…