Everyone who follows the Yankees knows that in this past postseason starting pitching was a huge strength, and even during in the regular season it was pretty solid as well. However, going forward, it could very well turn into a weakness. There are many starters out on the free agent market that fix short-term problems, while there are few that also fix long-term problems. Anibal Sanchez is one of those guys who can fix both short and long-term problems, thus he should be a target of Brian Cashman.
BYB TRADE RUMORS & FREE AGENTS: PART 1. In it, I noted that Sanchez has been a rock for the last three seasons. Take a look at the table below to see how Sanchez has done the previous three seasons:
Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda could comeback in 2013, and that’s nice, but what about 2014 and beyond? Will Phil Hughes, who is a free agent after 2013, be in the team’s long-term plans? How about Ivan Nova and David Phelps? Will they step up and be reliable mid-rotation arms? Point is, if the Yankees sign Sanchez, he’ll relieve some stress.
Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, and Russell Martin could all be off the roster by 2014 when the payroll drops to $189M. With this in mind, signing Sanchez shouldn’t be a problem financially. I see Sanchez as a rock-solid number three, or even a number two, going forward. Signing him to a four year, $60 million deal would make sense. $15M per year could be a tad over what I’d preferably pay him per year, but it’s probably worth it. Like I said, Sanchez fixes not only short-term problems, but long-term problems as well. If the Yankees sign him, which I really, really hope they do, he would fit nicely right behind CC Sabathia in the rotation for 2013 and the years going forward.
--Jesse Schindler, BYB Lead Staff Writer
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