With spring training less than a month away, the New York Yankees are still in the hunt to bolster the pitching department. The team recently officially announced the signing of Marcus Stroman after the pitcher cleared medicals. However, while the rotational issues are resolved, the bullpen depth remains in shambles.
The New York Yankees parted with several relief arms this off-season to accomplish blockbuster trade deals. However, the team has been unable to fill the gaps, with spring training just on the horizon. Amid the buzz, multiple reports suggest that Bronx Bombers are in the hunt for not one but as many as three relievers.
Yankees Likely To Pursue Robert Stephenson and Hector Neris If Josh Hader Lands Elsewhere!
As the New York Yankees gear up for the 2024 MLB season, reports suggest a strategic focus on strengthening their bullpen with the acquisition of three top-tier relievers. Josh Hader, Robert Stephenson, and Hector Neris are reportedly on the team’s radar. Hader is seeking an expensive contract this off-season, and the Yanks are understandably reluctant. Thus, reports claim that if Hader falls out of the Bomber’s lap, the front office will turn to Robert Stephenson and Hector Neris. Robert Stephenson has showcased his versatility as a reliever, displaying a strong arm and an effective mix of pitches. His experience with the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies has seen him evolve into a reliable option out of the bullpen.
Stephenson’s addition could provide the Yankees with a reliable middle-to-late innings arm. His adaptability to various situations and potential for high-strikeout performances aligns with the Yankees’ goal of building a versatile and dynamic bullpen. On the other hand, Hector Neris brings experience and a proven track record as a designated closer. Having spent the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, Neris has demonstrated the ability to handle the pressures of finishing games. Thus, acquiring Hector Neris could offer the Yanks an experienced arm for the closer role or key setup situations. His repertoire and experience could add stability and reliability to the back end of the bullpen. Having said that, the Yanks’ pursuit of these three relievers underscores their commitment to shoring up a bullpen that will be pivotal in the challenges of a long and demanding season.
Yanks Finalise Contract With Marcus Stroman!
After weeks of speculations and hints, the New York Yankees officially signed Marcus Stroman in a $37 million, two-year contract on Wednesday. He is slated to receive a $1 million signing bonus and a yearly salary of $18 million. Also, Stroman’s contract consists of an option for the year 2026, which could be exercised if he pitches 140 or more innings in 2025.
This provision will elevate his deal to $55 million over three seasons. Meanwhile, after the official announcement came in, Marcus Stroman shared the photo of pinstripes with the number 0 etched on his social media handle, suggesting his chosen jersey number for the upcoming season. Number 0 was previously worn by Domingo German in 2023, who left the organization this off-season.