New York needs another ace after they failed to sign a big name pitcher the last two seasons. They traded Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda but he is no sure thing.
You know that Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances will join CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda in the majors by 2013. But they are prospects and are no sure things. The youngsters all have high ceilings but I highly doubt all four will reach their potential. A veteran will help the Yankees' rotation immensely.
Garcia and Kuroda will be out of New York in December and A.J. Burnett will be out the door the following offseason.
In their places the Yankees must grab a stud pitcher because Sabathia and four young guns cannot do it on their own.
After Cashman and the Steinbrenners agree that a big name pitcher is needed, they will have to look at what exactly they want in him. Do they want a consistent workhorse or a high strikeout flamethrower? Lucky for them they have a nice selection to choose from.
Next offseason three big name starting pitchers—Cole Hamels, Matt Cain and Zack Greinke—will be available. The Yankees will have to narrow down their choice from there.
They all have their positives and negatives, but the Yankees will have to choose only one.
So, who should Brian Cashman and the Yankees target come December?