The West Coast swing notwithstanding, this Yankees team is still poised to win the division and contend in the playoffs. However, with CC Sabathia out for six weeks and Masahiro Tanaka out of his mind, Yankee fans know the team needs help in the starting rotation and cannot help wondering if the organization would go outside to obtain it. While the farm system has arms, fans are clamoring for the organization to bring up Chance Adams. The Yankees do not seem ready to promote him or others yet.
Jose Quintana’s name has been tossed around so much that Yankee fans sneer when they hear it, in particular, some fans post every time he has a bad outing because they are so glad the Yankees did not make a move to get him. However, Quintana is 28, a left hander, and affordable. Plus, he is under control through 2020, and the way his team-friendly deal is structured, Quintana would cost just $5.3 million toward the luxury tax payroll next year. His high ERA (5.07) and 3-8 record are more the result of being on a poor team than a decline in his stuff.
Jason Vargas is having a phenomenal year for Kansas City and rumor has it that he may be on the trading block and that Kansas City will be expecting a huge haul of prospects if they move him. Vargas is a 34 year old left-hander with an ERA of 2.28 through today. Vargas signed a 4-year contract in 2013 for $32M and will be a free agent at season’s end. With a 10-3 record through June 20th, Vargas is a top of the line starter who would be a great addition to the Yankee rotation.
I wasn’t looking at the White Sox rotation as the home of aces, but it certainly is the home of credible starting pitchers this year and 30 year old left-hander Derek Holland is no exception. Holland is a lefty who hit a rough patch in his performance for the Rangers due to injury problems and landed in December of 2016 with the White Sox where he signed a 1 year deal worth $6M. Holland is 5-6 with a 3.79 ERA for the White Sox and though he’s had some rough outings, in three of his last five starts, he has allowed just one earned run.
To win the division the Yankees will need to bolster their starting pitching with reliable arms that will give them innings and, one hopes, wins. Quintana, Vargas and Holland are just three of the possibly available starting pitchers at the trade deadline. It will be exciting to see what moves, if any, the Yankees decide to make.