There’s another Jameson Taillon update, Yankees fans. Here we go.
According to the latest industry buzz, the next player likely to leave the Pittsburgh Pirates is Jameson Taillon. Where will he go? We’re not sure. But the New York Yankees have been the only team openly linked to him this offseason, which gives us reason to believe another starter could be coming to the Bronx in the very near future.
And by the very near future, we mean by the end of the weekend. MLB insider Mark Feinsand reported on Saturday that a Taillon trade could happen within the next 30 hours. He did not mention the Yankees as a destination, but that has to be implied given the paper trail we have from this offseason.
While Taillon would be an intriguing acquisition if the Yankees do manage to pull this off, general manager Brian Cashman can’t end the offseason with that move.
Taillon, though talented and under club control at a bargain price, is an immense injury risk, which the Yankees do not need more of when it comes to important, integral pieces that will help them move forward with their championship hopes.
The 29-year-old has made just seven starts since the beginning of 2019 because he had to undergo the second Tommy John surgery of his career. On top of that, his 2017 season was cut short due to a frightening testicular cancer diagnosis. He’s only made 82 career starts since debuting in 2016.
His “high upside” is certainly a plus, but the Yankees need more concrete answers rather than projects.
Now, if this is a move the Yankees are going to make to address the back end of their rotation before going out and getting a No. 2 starter, then great! That would be on track to make the Yankees’ rotation a behemoth. More stability is needed if New York hopes to plow through the AL and then deal with the Dodgers in the final battle.
Nonetheless, if a trade is near, unless some other team jumped into the sweepstakes, it’s safe to assume the Bombers are leading the way here. Now, we’ll be pondering what it’ll cost since previous reports suggested the Pirates were still “high” on the right-hander.