The New York Yankees were aiming for Gerrit Cole all off season along with rumors of possibly signing Yu Darvish.
Well as it played out, Cole was traded from the Pirates to the Astros and Darvish is still looking for a team.
As we know Darvish is not a player that will go unsigned in free agency.
We know the Yanks are trying to save money by not getting hit with payroll tax penalties, and the figure being predicted is a 5-year, $80-90 million, which is about $16-18 per year.
Darvish knows the Yankees mean business and nothing less of a World Series trophy will cut the spicy brown deli mustard. That might be the only thing holding the Yankees to closing in on the contract, Darvish is an ace of the game but in the post-season he chokes, boasting a horrific 5.81 ERA, though he hasn’t had much experience, that is still a scary number.
With theYankees current pitching lineup, Darvish may not even have to concern himself with being the spotlight man as the rotation includes Tanaka, Sabathia, Severino and Gray.
Not the scariest lineup but certainly not one to mess with and adding Darvish makes it even more tougher.
Payroll will take a hit still signing Darvish but over the week they signed Didi Gregorius, Sonny Gray, Aaron Hicks and several others to non-guaranteed contracts, avoiding arbitration.