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

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1. Trevor Bauer

Cincinnati Reds SP Trevor Bauer
Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Trevor Bauer would be a crazy 2021 Yankee, but it could work.

Trevor Bauer in New York sounds like a disaster given his boisterous personality and loud mouth, but guess what? He previously said he wants to sign one-year deals for the rest of his career. So bring the man in for a season and try to win it all! While Yankee fans may not like him because of his antics and trash talk, they’re surely going to like when he’s doing all of that in New York — especially if it’s directed at the Astros. The only problem here is that he and Gerrit Cole don’t like each other, and famously butted heads during their time as teammates at UCLA, so Cashman might have to set up a little meeting to have these two air their grievances and move on. We know Bauer has tremendous stuff, but he’s really only had one good season, which came during his All-Star campaign in 2018. The Indians traded him to the Reds last year and he completely unraveled, posting a 6.39 ERA in 10 starts. Nonetheless, it’s obvious what he’s capable of, especially when he’s focused. He eats up innings and strikes out a ton of batters, so if he can get back on track in 2020, this pairing should be a serious consideration for Cashman if the Yankees want to go for it all in 2021.