NY Yankees Rumors: Luis Severino Favored Over Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia? Yovani Gallardo, Doug Fister Targets with Brett Gardner Trade?

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Jan 26, 2016 08:33 AM EST
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino throws out a pitch during a 2015 home game."

New York Yankees owner Hal Stteinbrenner hinted that the team might not be done making moves. While he does not want the pay roll getting much higher than it already is, the Yankees could still be targeting either a big trade or contract before the season begins. After being linked to a deal for Yoenis Cespedes, it is clear the Yankees are still doubting their current roster as the team has plenty of options in front of them.

Brett Gardner remains a trade target for the Yankees. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Yankees are still looking for pitching help and hope that Gardner could get that for them. Cafardo believes the Los Angeles Angels are a potential landing spot for Gardner. The Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves were all teams that showed interest in both Cespedes and Justin Upton. The Yankees could try and capitalize by offering Gardner as an option instead. The Yankees have been dangling the outfielder on the market for months and so far no one has taken interest. The chances of that changing are slim, but the Yankees will keep the door open.

New York still has doubts about their pitching. According to manager Joe Girardi, injuries to Nathan Eovalid, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova along with the issues around CC Sabathia have him worried about the starting rotation. After avoiding big names like David Price and Zack Greinke, the Yankees could target a remaining free agent. Yovani Gallardo is the best available. He would be a solid starting option after going 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA last season. However, according to NJ.com, the Yankees could turn away from that deal since they would have to give up a high draft pick in order to sign him. Doug Fister is also a good option. According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Fister is looking for a two-year deal which fits perfectly for the Yankees. He might be a solid fit for help.

One of the bright spots last season for the Yankees was the rise of Luis Severino. After opting not to trade the young pitcher this offseason, he is making it clear that he wants to be the team's ace they need. When asked by the YES Network if he could be a No.1 pitcher, Severino said yes as he looks to challenge Tanaka for the role. Severino has the numbers to help back up his talking. He went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. Given all of the health questions around their starting pitchers, Severino could in fact develop into the true No.1 the team needs.

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