Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is busy this offseason.
He is looking forward to tie the top sluggers of freelancers Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.
Cashman says his record-breaking top priority is upgrading the rotation.
Athlete Jim Bowden investigated the move that Cashman should make the Yanks return to the playoffs in 2019.
What to Do: Trade for Indians Corey Kluber, RHP
The Yankees need to improve their starter rotation if they want to compete in the playoffs next year. Free agents such as Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel are also good candidates, but no ace. It's a friendly match with Justin Verlanders and Chris Sales. But Kluber can have a trade with the Indians … if the Yankees are willing to pay the huge price of their top prospects. That type of transaction would be extremely painful, a kind of deal that Yankee GM Brian Cashman did not want to make in the last few years. But if New York can make Kluber starter Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, the chances of returning to the World Series will improve significantly. Kluber (age 32) is controllable until 2021, missing a 5.8 WAR season, a 2.89 ERA and a 20-7 ERA. He threw 200 innings in five innings from the Indians. It's as interesting as Manny Machado or Bryce Harper signed and will provide the Yankees with a lineup to compete with the 1927 roster. It's not that important to improve a team as a first-place starter like Kluber.
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Buster Olney of ESPN It was reported that Indians are willing to trade their ace this winter.
Kluber is the second winner of the AL Cy Young Award (2014, 2017). The 32 – year – old right – handed pitcher is under cost control. He signed a $ 15 million contract in 2019 and has team options of 2020 ($ 15.5 million) and 2021 ($ 16 million).