Here’s the latest Yankees Free agency and trade buzz during the 2023-24 MLB offseason…
November 7th, 11:30 p.m
Luis Severino is trying to get back on the mound after his 2023 was cut short due to an oblique injury, but it’s increasingly looking like the Yankees won’t bring him back.
Severino, who is an unrestricted free agent this winter, is back throwing and is feeling “good,” according to the statement. The Athletic’s Brendan Kuty. The report also states that as many as eight teams have expressed interest in Severino’s services in 2024, but the Yankees are unlikely to be among them.
Last season with the Yankees, Severino posted a 4-8 record and a career-high 6.65 ERA in 19 games (18 starts). His WHIP of 1.65 was also a career high and his 79 strikeouts were his lowest numbers since 2016, when he started just 11 games.
Of course, Severino’s career with the Yankees was marred by injuries. After bursting onto the scene in 2017, he peaked the following year, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts. In the next three seasons, Severino only played in seven games due to various injuries and was a starter three times.
After a solid 2022, Severino was ready to solidify his spot in the Yankees’ rotation before heading into free agency. However, his poor numbers and injuries may have spelled the end of the 29-year-old’s tenure in the Bronx.
The Yankees rotation is filled with a number of weapons including Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodon, Nestor Cortes and newbies Clarke Smith and possibly Michael King. Because the Americans are also thinking about bringing something Frankie Montas Back, Severino apparently has to start over with a new team.
November 7th, 9:26 am
The Yankees are considering a reunion with the free agent right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas, by Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman of the New York Post.
Montas, who the Yanks acquired from the Athletics at the 2022 trade deadline, has been limited over the past season and a half due to shoulder injuries.
After taking over in 2022, he pitched just 39.2 innings in eight starts while pitching to a 6.35 ERA.
In 2023, he played only a single game (in relief) near the end of the season after missing most of the year following arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in February.
Montas, who has a career 3.90 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in eight seasons in the majors, is entering his age-31 season with serious injury concerns. He will likely have to settle for a one-year deal.
November 2nd, 7:00 p.m
The Yankees placed Domingo German, Franchy Cordero, Billy McKinney, Matt Bowman, Jimmy CorderoAnd Ryan Weber to complete waivers.
All six players had been referees.