UPDATED: New York Yankees: Reportedly Still in Hunt to Add SP Gerrit Cole to Rotation

By Danielle McCartan (@CoachMcCartan and facebook.com/coachmccartan)

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.- The New York Yankees, who have already made a major splash this off-season in acquiring 2017 home run king Giancarlo Stanton from the Derek Jeter-owned Miami Marlins have, reportedly, added starting pitcher Gerrit Cole to their rotation by way of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  There is no word yet on what New York’s end of the deal entails.

In my opening monologue from this past Sunday’s (December 17, 2017) 60 Minute Overtime (#60MinOT on social media), I discussed the possibility of the Yankees adding Cole, in addition to newly inked C.C. Sabathia.

To me, the most important categories for a pitcher are earned run average (ERA), batting average against (BA Against), and walks per innings pitched (BB per IP). (I explain this during my show.) Each of these critical statistics is represented in my table below, broken down by regular season and post-season.

Gerrit Cole to the New York Yankees by way of the Pittsburgh Pirates

As I explained during the episode, when one looks at Sabathia’s critical stats next to the candidates the Yankees were rumored to be pursuing (Chance Adams is in New York’s minor league system), I argued that a healthy Gerrit Cole is the best option for the Yankees, by far.  His stats are better than Sabathia’s in all except one category. Sabathia edges Cole by four-hundreths of a point in regular season batting average against). Cole is also a decade, 10 years, younger than Sabathia.

If the season started tomorrow, the Yankees’ 5-man rotation would be: 2017s’ 3rd place Cy Young finisher Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sabathia, Cole, and Jordan Montgomery. If Cole is able to remain healthy in pinstripes, he will be a major asset to the Yankees’ starting pitching rotation. As I argued on #60MinOT, that is the Yankees’ most deficient need- it’s Achilles’ heel.

UPDATE: Jeff Passan, who originally broke the news of the Cole/Yankees partnership is slightly backtracking his original declaration. Stay Tuned.

 

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