Under the radar free agents the New York Yankees should capitalize on

May 27, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar (44) delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Soxin the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Hochevar

With the signing of Aroldis Chapman. the Yankees have solidified themselves once again as having one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. However, one aspect of their pen that they are still lacking depth in is their middle relief.

Here are some of the Yankees mid relievers from 2016:

They just could not find the bridge to lead them from the fifth or sixth inning to the back end of their bullpen. Luke Hochevar could be the answer to those mid relief struggles for 2017.

In 2016 with Kansas City, Hochevar had a 3.86 ERA in 40 appearances with a 9.6 K/9. His season was cut short in August due to thoracic outlet syndrome which he got surgery for and should be healthy prior to spring training.

Since he will be coming off an injury, the price tag and years will not be very high for a reliever who has a proven track record of success and can be an innings eater for a spot in the Yankees bullpen where they could use some depth.

2 COMMENTS

  1. OMG are you kidding me? The Yankees have 4 young and talented arms competing for 2 spots. They have another half-a-dozen upper echelon prospects that are a year or two away. In my opinion, the signings you suggest would only get in the way of progress.

  2. As a big Lincecum fan, I am so happy to read your mention of him. I agree – he didn’t get enough rigorous training for the 2016 season, and melted down way too early too often. I wish he would accept a bullpen role SOMEWHERE and work it from there – he could be a great fit for any team that is willing to take a chance on him!