New York Yankees: 2021 Replacements for Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton

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3. Jake Odorizzi

Minnesota Twins SP Jake Odorizzi
Jake Odorizzi #12 of the Minnesota Twins (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Jake Odorizzi has AL East experience, and could join the New York Yankees in 2021.

How about a guy that’s had a TON of experience in the AL East?! Jake Odorizzi enjoyed success with the Minnesota Twins in 2019 (he earned his first All-Star nod) after a rocky start with the franchise in 2018, but before that he was with the Tampa Bay Rays for five seasons. Over that span he owned a 3.82 ERA in 127 games (124 starts), so he knows what it takes to face powerful lineups. Take out the fact he’ll be facing the Yankees — against whom he has a 4.71 career ERA — and his numbers should be even better. Plus, he’s a year younger than both Paxton and Tanaka, leaving the Yanks room to sign him to a multi-year deal, but one that won’t break the bank. The only red flag here is that he’s never eclipsed 188 innings in any of his full years as a starter, but then again, Paxton has never come close to that mark, while Tanaka has only gone over 182 innings once in his career.