The New York Yankees have a rich history of success. The pinstripes have 27 championships but are currently in a long drought. New York hasn’t won a World Series since 2009. Do top sportsbooks have them winning it all next season?
Since 2017, the Yankees have competed in the playoffs and surely have the talent to succeed and win the World Series. During that year, the Yankees lost in the AL Championship Series 4-3. In 2018, the Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox in the AL Division Series. 3-1. Last year, the Yankees lost to the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series, 4-2. And just recently, the Yankees lost to the Rays, 3-2 in the AL Division Series.
The Yankees Need One More Key Starter
The Yankees will make the playoffs in 2021. Last season, the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to be their ace starter, and he delivered. But the Yankees likely need one more key starter to compete. Outside of Cole, the Yankees had trouble finding consistency from the rest of their rotation.
Of course, the Yankees might consider Trevor Bauer, who might potentially win the NL Cy Young after an incredible season with the Reds this season. There’s also Marcus Stroman, who competed against the Yankees with the Blue Jays for most of his career. He would be another solid addition, especially knowing that Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and James Paxton will test free agency and potentially leave New York.
Even if the Yankees end up with Bauer or Stroman, they’ll have to add a couple more pitchers to their squad. There are many directions that the Yankees can go to, but you can expect the starting rotation to look completely different in 2021 compared to 2020.
Another area where the Yankees have struggled recently is at the catcher position. This is no shot at Kyle Higashioka, Cole’s personal catcher. It’s more of a shot at Gary Sanchez and his production.
Sanchez continues to slump in big moments and has been outshined by Higashioka via the glove and bat, which is unacceptable. The designated hitter position is always open for Sanchez, but he’s not even able to do that right now.
There’s this familiar guy named J.T. Realmuto. The former catcher for the Marlins and Phillies is a free agent and a hot commodity around the league. For good reason. Realmuto has won a Gold Glove recently and has an extremely good bat that would produce in the middle of the order around some of the biggest power bats in the game like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Luke Voit.
There’s no guarantee he’d like to go play for the Yankees, but if he’s added to the lineup, the Yankees become favorites to win the World Series, without question.
Of course, I’m talking about all of these potential moves without looking at what the 2021 payroll would look like. The Yankees are known for spending. The Yankees spent 265 million on their 2020 roster while the Rays, who were two games away from the World Series and defeated the Yankees earlier in the playoffs, spent 73 million on their roster.
Reports are that the Yankees are looking to clear the 210 million luxury tax line. This would mean that the Yankees wouldn’t sign those big names like Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto, and Marcus Stroman.
However, with Paxton, Tanaka, Happ, and Ellsbury coming off the books, the Yankees will first look at re-signing DJ LeMahieu and potentially Brett Gardner. If the Yankees just re-sign LeMahieu as their big off-season move, Yankees fans won’t be disappointed. But a starting rotation of Cole, Luis Severino, Deivi Garcia, Jordan Montgomery, and Clarke Schmidt won’t cut it, especially in the postseason.
We’ve seen just how important it is to have top tier starting pitching. There’s way too much inexperience with this starting rotation. The Yankees likely know this and will make the right moves to help their rotation in 2021.
The Yankees odds to win the World Series sits at +700 at the best betting sites. Quite honestly, there’s uncertainty with that starting rotation. There is no way the Yankees are favorites in the American League with a starting rotation that looks like that. I’d advise anyone looking to bet on the Yankees, to hold off for now. The odds won’t move much even with some more breaking news.