Opinion

Why Yankees Must Use Offseason to Figure Out Internal Pitching Roles

While the New York Yankees have many questions to answer during this winter, there is one internal problem that they have to try to figure out and it involves their pitching. Across the league, teams have put their trust in different young pitchers. Yes, some of them are because they have to due to injuries such as Ian Anderson with the Atlanta Braves, but the trust is shown.

If the Yankees want to avoid having to overpay for veteran starting pitchers in free agency or having to overpay on the trade market for a starting pitcher, then they need to figure out what confidence they have in their young pitching. After a 2020 season where the new training staff was under the microscope, that will be the case for pitching coach Matt Blake and the new pitching department in 2021.

When Blake was the pitching coordinator with the Cleveland Indians, he played a major role in developing the likes of Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, Triston McKenzie, James Karinchak, Mike Clevinger, and many others. Can Blake work some similar magic with this current group of young arms?

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