A year of inconsistent starting pitching will have the New York Yankees shopping for a pitcher in an attempt to bolster a mediocre rotation.
“New York can't just throw money at the problem this winter because ownership has tasked general manager Brian Cashman with bringing the team's payroll under the luxury tax threshold by 2014, when it increases to $189 million,” reported Cliff Corcoran of Sports Illustrated.
The Yankees’ current payroll is upwards of $200 million. Unlike the Yankees of old, this season they can’t spend nonsensical amounts of money to bail themselves out of the media microscope.
The Yankees need to consider all options in the free agent market, whether it be pitching or hitting, and determine how they can acquire the most talent for the cheapest price.
One thing remains certain in this esteemed organization: failure is not an option and October baseball is not only a priority, but an expectation.
Here are five starting pitchers the Yankees should really consider this offseason.