Hey. Heyyyyyy. Hey! Don't sign bullpen arms to multi-year deals. Don't do it. Especially don't do it with this current free agent class, which is full of high-priced landmines. You want Jordan Hicks? Hey, who wants to pay Aroldis Chapman? Do not do it!
Still, with a high degree of uncertainty in next year's 'pen and Michael King transitioning into a starting role (it would appear), the Yankees should still be all in on shoring up their unit this offseason. Wandy Peralta is hitting free agency, and likely will not be returning. Clay Holmes is a free agent after 2024. Even if you don't want to pay these guys, pretending the Yankees have a whole new trustworthy bullpen ready to go at Triple-A is a laughable fallacy.
Matt Blake might be good at printing relievers, but he can't print four new closers at once. Jonathan Loaisiga and Holmes might be penciled in, but surely this team has learned its lesson by now about relying on Loaisiga for too many innings ... right? ... Right?!?
Also, don't look at Ron Marinaccio's Scranton stats. By God, do not do it.
The Josh Haders and David Robertsons of the world may be tempting, but the Yankees should be able to build their typical elite bullpen without relying on $8+ million AAV options. Keep an eye on these three players all offseason and see if the Yankees can pounce.
4 relievers Yankees should pursue (in free agency, on trade market)
John Brebbia, San Francisco Giants
Brebbia was a Yankees draft pick first, back in the day (2011, 30th round out of Elon), which means -- in my humble opinion -- they should be allowed to get the 33-year-old back for free this offseason, no takebacks.
Barring that last-minute rule change, though, the Yankees should still be all in on the right-hander, who recently returned to the San Francisco Giants' active roster in the midst of an impressive campaign.
The righty posted a 3.18 ERA in 76 games last year (68 innings), surviving despite an elevated 1.31 WHIP. This year, he's whiffed 37 in 29.2 innings pitched, flipping last year's ratio on its head (he only struck out 54 men in 2022).
In a limited amount of work this season, he's still excelled in terms ofexpected ERA/batting average/velocity, though he's surrendered more hard contact than you might like. Still, he feels like the type of aging bullpen flyer the Rays are able to squeeze one final, great year out of, and with a better fastball than you might think, he seems like a solid middle-innings fit for the Yankees.