Yankees: A look ahead at 5 best free-agent starting pitchers in 2020
Nearly all analyses of how far the Yankees will progress in the upcoming playoffs mention the team’s exceptional offensive power and stellar bullpen. However, they also correctly note how the club’s starting pitching has been unreliable, inconsistent, and often ineffective in 2019.
Acquiring two outstanding starting pitchers via free agency during the upcoming offseason would go a long way in not only guaranteeing another 100-plus wins in 2020 for the Yankees but will also make them a favorite to reach the playoffs and win next year’s World Series.
As we know, there were very few front-line starting pitchers available during this past trading period, and clubs that were actually willing to part with a star thrower were asking for the sun and the moon in return.
However, there will be an awesome free-agent starting pitching class for GM Brian Cashman from which to select two difference-maker starters during this winter.
The following list rank-orders the five best starting pitchers the Bombers must pursue during free agency to bolster their club in 2020 and beyond. While an unusually large number of candidates will be available during the offseason, only a select few have age, windup and ball release deception, ball movement, placement, a strong pitching track record (WAR – Wins Above Replacement), and valuable experience in the playoffs on their side.
As readers will be able to tell, the quality of pitchers ranked three, four, and five is lower than the quality of the pitchers who are ranked one and two on my list.