July 29, 2021

Gerrit Cole boost gives Yankees second best rotation (New York Post)

For the mere price of $324 million the Yankees turned their area of greatest uncertainty into a projected strength, weakened the starting force of their tormentor in Houston and now can even claim to have the best rotation in New York — which puts them in the conversation for the best in the game.

Gerrit Cole gives the Yankees the unquestioned ace they thought they were purchasing with Masahiro Tanaka and have not truly had since importing CC Sabathia. He might just be the No. 1 starter in the majors, right there with Jacob deGrom, and where do we sign up for a couple of Subway Series games that pit those two against one another?

But remember, the 2019 Yanks also won 103 games basically without Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery. Cole is among the top-10 starters in the game, Severino is in the next 10 and so is the version of James Paxton who excelled the final two months last year. Masahiro Tanaka is in the 20-30 range considering his consistency and postseason excellence. Domingo German arguably would be in that group too if he were not awaiting word of a domestic-violence suspension that is likely to cost him the early portion, but not the whole of the 2020…

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