Yankees Have Spoken To Senga’s Reps, Requested Medical Records On DeGrom

The overwhelming majority of Yankee followers are fixated on the staff’s quest to re-sign the reigning AL MVP Aaron Judge, however the Yankees are additionally wanting into potential pitching upgrades. Andy Martino of SNY experiences the Yankees not too long ago requested Jacob deGrom‘s medical information, and MLB.com’s Jon Morosi tweets that they have been in contact with NPB ace Koudai Senga’s representatives.

Neither improvement is indicative of an all-out pursuit, after all. The Yankees have the monetary wherewithal to signal any free agent in any given offseason, so it solely stands to motive they’d be sure that to be keenly conscious of the potential market/asking value and the present medical standing of any market’s high targets. At current, there is no indication the Yankees have truly had a proper assembly about both pitcher.

The Yankees at present venture to have a five-man rotation of Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino, Frankie Montas and Domingo Germanalthough righty Clark Schmidt and prospects Johnny Brito and Randy Vasquez might additionally pitch their means into the combo earlier than lengthy. German, 30, was stable by means of 15 video games (14 begins) final season however was restricted to 92 2/3 innings — minors and large leagues mixed — whereas battling a shoulder impingement. Montas, acquired this summer time with the expectation he’d be a key rotation piece down the stretch in ’22 and all season in ’23, struggled to a 6.35 ERA in eight begins with the Yankees. He additionally spent just a little greater than two weeks on the injured listing as a result of shoulder irritation.

As issues stand, the Yankees venture to hold a $206MM bottom-line payroll, per Roster Resource, though their luxury-tax invoice is already north of $222MM. Judge alone might push the Yankees into the second tier of luxurious penalty, and each Senga and (particularly) deGrom would include notable common annual values, additional ballooning the staff’s luxurious invoice. Signing each Judge and deGrom looks like an excessive lengthy shot, however talking purely theoretically, that duo alone would possible push the Yankees into the newly created fourth tier of the posh bracket.

As with the early phases of any offseason, a number of this groundwork quantities to little greater than due diligence. Requesting deGrom’s medicals doesn’t function a transparent portent for concurrent, all-out pursuits of the two-time Cy Young winner and the present AL MVP. The Yankees have already made an up to date provide to Judge, GM Brian Cashman indicated final week, and each Cashman and proprietor Hal Steinbrenner have voiced on a number of events that Judge is the staff’s high precedence. However, no entrance workplace would merely presume a free agent is a lock to stay in place, and no staff needs to be blindsided and unprepared within the occasion their homegrown star departs. The Yankees are not any completely different and are certainly gauging the complete market accordingly.

As far as the posh tax is anxious, it bears mentioning, too, that if the Yankees do add a notable starter — whether or not as one in all a number of additions or as their major offseason pickup — doing so might allow Cashman and his workers to deal from the present group of in-house candidates. Montas and German, projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz at respective salaries of $7.7MM and $2.6MM, might be shipped elsewhere and barely alter the monetary outlook, speculatively talking.

Both deGrom and Senga are among the many most coveted pitchers available on the market, though each include pink flags. Although he is a two-time Cy Young winner and arguably one of the best pitcher on the planet when wholesome, deGrom has missed appreciable time in every of the previous two seasons. Senga, after all, continues to be completely untested in opposition to MLB opponents — dominant as his numbers in Japan could also be. To this level, the Rangers and Mets have been the groups most prominently linked to deGrom. Senga, in the meantime, is hoping to pitch for a win-now membership in an enormous market, agent Joel Wolfe not too long ago stated in an interview with NBC Sports’ Gordon Wittenmyer. In addition to the Yankees, he has been tied to the Giants, Mets, Padres, Red Sox, Cubs and Rangers. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported over the weekend that Senga not too long ago visited Texas brass.

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