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CHECKOUT: Yankees Focused On Ground Ball Specialists In Revamped Bullpen

The New York Yankees’ only silver lining of the 2023 season was the bullpen efficiency. The likes of Michael King, Jhony Brito, Randy Vasquez, and many others rose up to the occasion amid a challenging season. However, for this year, the top performers are gone as the Yanks traded them during the off-season.

King, Brito and Vasquez are at San Diego Padres. Amid this, the New York Yankees’ front office picked up low-ranked pitchers off the market. However, one common trait amongst the new acquisitions has shed new light on Yank’s deviation in pitching game plans. But will it work in the Yanks’ favor? Let’s explore.

   

Yankees Pick Up Ground Ball Specialist Pitchers This Off-Season

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Victor González and Jorbit Vivas

The New York Yankees have revamped their bullpen for the upcoming 2024 season. And focused on acquiring ground-ball specialists to bolster their pitching arsenal. The front office traded Victor Gonzalez and Caleb Ferguson last month to bolster the bullpen depth. Interestingly, the duo was ranked highly in the ground ball rate last season. This strategic shift comes in response to the evolving dynamics of modern baseball and the team’s commitment to optimizing its pitching strategy. The emphasis on ground-ball specialists in the Yanks’ bullpen reflects a strategic shift in the team’s pitching philosophy. They are prioritizing efficiency and effectiveness over sheer velocity. By relying on pitchers who excel at inducing ground balls, the Bombers aim to keep opposing offenses in check and minimize the risk of big innings.

Having said that, it’s still unclear if the new game plan will work in the New York Yankees’ favor. This year, a lot is at stake for the Bronx Bombers. They are on a mission to salvage the lost season narrative. Hopefully, the new ground ball specialists contribute to that cause. But overall, the Yanks’ new-look bullpen featuring ground-ball specialists represents a calculated approach to pitching excellence. By combining experienced veterans with promising young talent and optimizing their defensive alignment, the team aims to field a formidable pitching unit capable of stifling opposing offenses. And securing crucial victories in the upcoming season. The spring training is scheduled for February 14. And the opening day will commence in final week of March as Yanks take on postseason rivals Houston Astros.

Yanks Lost Top Tier Pitcher To AL-East Rivals

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Meanwhile, the New York Yankees had the opportunity to pull off something extraordinary this off-season. Former NL CY Young award-winning pitcher Corbin Burnes was up for grabs. Milwaukee Brewers were ready to trade Burnes as the pitcher was gearing up to enter his walk year. However, the tables turned when the Bombers dumped the sweepstakes, citing a steep asking price.

Eventually, the Yankee’s key AL-East rivals, the Baltimore Orioles, grabbed the opportunity. Last week, the Orioles announced the acquisition of Corbin Burnes from the Brewers in a surprising deal. Needless to say, the Bronx Bombers skipper was taken aback as he called the trade a problem for his team. Regardless, the opportunity is lost. And the Yanks must gather their available resources to pose a threat in Al-East.

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