Forget Third Base, Yankees Need To Focus On The Rotation Now

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#1. Kris Medlen

How often are 28-year-old former 15-game winners non-tendered in their prime? Not often, but the Braves continue to adjust their roster on the fly and like Brandon Beachy, another former ace-in-the-making was shown the door in the dirty south. Medlen is coming off of another Tommy John surgery, but it’s far too early to give up on a guy that had 277 combined Ks over his last two full seasons.

In 82 starts, Medlen is a combined 25-13 over his last two full seasons. Sure, the arm injury is a risk factor, but again, how often do two, young, power arms from the same system hit the open market in the same winter? The Yankees could sign both, let them rehab, and have the makings of one of the most dominant rotations for years to come with Beachy, Medlen, Masahiro Tanaka, and Michael Pineda. Scary good if the they stay healthy, it’s rare that a pair of pitchers, whom their former organization were building the base of their starting rotation around, simply give up on not one, but both, and move in a complete different direction. As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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