Will the New York Yankees, who are looking for an ace starting pitcher, be able to achieve the first “defending Cy Young Award starter, one-two punch” in major league history.
The Yankees are targeting three top-class starters. Blake Snell, the winner of last year’s National League Cy Young Award, Jordan Montgomery, who helped the Texas Rangers win the World Series last year, and Chicago White Sox ace Dylan Cease are mentioned in relation to the Yankees.
New York Post columnist John Hayman reported on the 8th (Korea Standard Time), “The Yankees are continuing negotiations with top-class FA Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, and White Sox Dylan Seas in the trade market,” adding, “They all still disagree in negotiations with the Yankees, but I believe the Yankees will recruit a big starter before the opening of this season.”헤라카지노도메인
The Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for Yoshinobu Yamamoto from the NPB late last year, putting an emergency light on their plan to strengthen the rotation. Yamamoto signed a 12-year, $325 million contract with the Dodgers, which was turned away even after offering a 10-year, $300 million. Although the team was behind the Dodgers in total, the Yankees’ leadership responded that “Yamamoto made a difficult decision to understand,” given that it was $3 million more in average annual salary of $30 million.
Snell, Montgomery, and Seas are the only top-class starters left in the market. Shota Imana, another former NPB player, is also worth paying attention to, but the Yankees have reportedly decided that he is not suitable for a flyball pitcher, or Yankee Stadium.
Hayman said, “The Yankees like both Snell and Montgomery, but it seems more likely for Snell at the moment,” adding, “We can rotate together as a Cy Young Award winner in the previous season with Ace Gerrit Cole.”
As Hayman mentioned, Snell won the National League (NL) and Cole the American League (AL) Cy Young Award with the San Diego Padres last year.
There are countless cases where pitchers with experience in receiving Cy Young Award lead rotation in a single team. However, the last time the two Cy Young Award winners from the previous season threw in the same team was in 1990 when Kansas City Royals Brett Saberhagen and Mark Davis. Saberhagen won 23 games with a 2.16 ERA in 1989 and the AL, while Davis made 44 saves with the San Diego Padres in the same year to win the NL Cy Young Award.
However, there has been no combination of starting pitchers in the Cy Young Award yet. Since they won the Cy Young Award in different seasons, including Cliff Lee-Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009, Max Scherzer-Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021, David Cohn-Roger Clemens of the Yankees, and Greg Maddox-Tom Glavin-John Smoltz of the 1990s, they have been on the same team several times.
Snell set a Cy Young Award record for both leagues following his 2018 Tampa Bay Rays days with 14 wins and 9 losses, 2.25 ERA and 234 strikeouts last year, and Cole won his first Cy Young Award in his career with 15 wins and 4 losses, 2.63 ERA and 222 strikeouts.
Montgomery is highly likely to return to his original team Texas. Hayman said Montgomery wants to return to Texas after winning his first World Series title last year. The Texas club also said that there is a high possibility that a contract for regional TV coverage will be concluded soon, adding that Snell is from the Western region but has no geographical preference.
In particular, Snell is known to have said to his acquaintance, “Why don’t you play for the Yankees?” and it seems likely that Cole’s combination will become a reality for now.