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

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2. Marcus Stroman

New York Mets SP Marcus Stroman
Pitcher Marcus Stroman #7 of the New York Mets (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Marcus Stroman can head to the team he actually wanted to be traded to in the first place and join the Yankees in 2021.

Marcus Stroman was traded to the Mets last year when the Toronto Blue Jays opted to keep him out of the AL East. The Bombers were reportedly in the running for the right-hander, but, as usual, every other MLB team tries to squeeze every possible asset out of the Yankees, because, well, they’re the Yankees. Stroman would love nothing more than pitching in a high-stakes environment and for a fan base that views not getting to the World Series as a failure year in and year out. Like Odorizzi, Stroman has ample AL East experience, having pitched for Toronto from 2014 to the middle of 2019. He maintained a 3.79 ERA in 135 games (129 starts) despite tearing his ACL back in 2015 and missing parts of 2018 with injuries. He’ll be 30 years old next May, so he still has a lot of mileage left, and his passion and fire would be a great complement to Cole atop the rotation. This 1-2 punch would be the best the Yankees have seen in a quite a while.