Brian Cashman told reporters last week that he feels confident in the Yankees starting rotation as currently constructed, meaning Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino, Frankie Montas, and Domingo German filling out the group.
But MLB insider Jon Heyman told Mully and Haugh on 670 The Score that the Yanks are once again trying to potentially land Justin Verlander.
“The Yankees tried for him last year, and they’ve gotten word through some high-ranking, political people, that he’d like to go to New York,” Heyman said “They made him an offer, and they felt, the way it was handled, that he didn’t want to go to New York.
“The Yankees are again trying with Verlander, but I don’t think they’re confident.”
Adding the reigning Cy Young winner to the rotation would be a massive boost for the Yanks, but it also doesn’t seem like signing the aging righty would fit with the team’s recent spending habits, which haven’t included investing big money in pitchers as old as Verlander. But Verlander is clearly still among the elite, and Heyman thinks it will be one of a few big market teams that land him.
“He’s gonna be a lot of money,” Heyman said. “He’s gonna want the Scherzer deal. So that limits him to maybe San Francisco, LA, Houston, and the New York teams.”
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