The New York Yankees acquired a big name in the person of Juan Soto, someone who undoubtedly bolstered their outfield. Unfortunately, that came at a price as the Yanks had to give up several players for the 25-year-old Dominican.
The Yankees gave up Michael King, catcher Kyle Higashioka, pitcher Randy Vásquez, pitcher Jhony Brito and pitcher Drew Thorpe to land Soto and Trent Grisham. Hence, the new problem that New York has to deal with is finding a starting pitcher.
Among the targets that the Yankees have in mind include Jesus Lazardo of the Miami Marlins and Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Guardians per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
There is also Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox although the asking price for the 28-year-old player is said to be too high.
Cease is seen as the logical choice considering Luzardo and Bieber are not aces. Although Luzardo and Bieber could improve the Yankees’ rotation properly fitting in raises concerns on whether it would work.
Yankees trying to do damage control
The Yankees ended up with new problems after the Soto acquisition. Luis Severino opted to move to the New York Mets while their chase for Yoshinubo Yamamoto fell short after the Japanese pitcher opted to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The situation is more of a fine-tuning for New York. Aside from Soto, they also have Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodón, Nestor Cortes and Clarke Schmidt for next season.
If not via trade, they could look at the people they have right now. That includes Yoendrys Gómez, Clayton Beeter and Luis Gil per SI.com.
If that doesn’t cut it, the Yanks do not necessarily have to shell out big money. They can resort to a trade to get someone like Cease. However, it remains to be seen which player/s or what assets they can put together.