Yankees: In search of their next great starting pitcher

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Yankees (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Yankees have a ton of offensive firepower; however, starting pitching continues to be a question mark. Will their next top of the rotation arm come from within, via trade or free agency?

The next great Yankees starter may very well be second-year shooter, Jordan Montgomery. Should the lanky left-hander pitch the way he did on Saturday against the Blue Jays (six innings of four-hit ball, while allowing one run and striking out five), those Andy Pettitte comparisons may come to fruition.

However, for the sake of this article, I’m in search of a pitcher not currently on the Yanks’ 25-man roster.

For those that are still peeved at general manager, Brian Cashman, that he failed to pull the trigger on acquiring a starter this past offseason, it’s time to look ahead.

The fact of the matter is if Cash did bring in someone like Gerrit Cole or Michael Fulmer, then Montgomery would have either been sent to the bullpen or worse, Triple-A. Stunting Monty’s growth would have been counterproductive, considering he was a real success story from the 2017 season.

After bringing back CC Sabathia for one-year, $10 million, trading three top 10 prospects for Sonny Gray and watching Masahiro Tanaka opt-in to the final three years, $67 million on his contract, where were the Yankees to go after taking the Astros to Game 7 of the ALCS?

At 11-9, there is a ton of baseball yet to be played. Hopefully, Sabathia stays healthy, Tanaka and Gray figure out what ails them and Monty continues to mature. The question is, where do the Yankees go if even one of their question marks turns into an absolute dud?