The New York Yankees have to address their starting pitching
The New York Yankees have Gerrit Cole as their ace but after that, there’s not much there. Jordan Montogmery is slated to their #2 starter. He pitched well in 2021 (3.83 ERA, 3.69 FIP in 30 starts) but he should be a middle- to back-end starter, not a #2.
Luis Severino is great but, like half of the Yankees roster, he hasn’t been healthy. He has appeared in nine MLB games (four starts) since 2019, and that’s including two postseason appearances.
If he pitched like he did in 2017 and 2018, they have a #2 starter to Cole.
Is Nestor Cortes, Jr. a starter or a reliever? He pitched well in 2021 but he made 14 starts and eight relief appearances. Which avenue are the Yankees going to take with him?
Domingo Germán has not been a great option either and Jameson Taillon is ALWAYS injured (he’s out with ankle surgery right now) but Luis Gil was good for the Yankees as a starter down the stretch.
At bare minimum, the Yankees need some starting rotation depth in case they decide to use Cortes in the bullpen or if Severino, Taillon, Germán, or others are injured. The way things have gone in recent years, there will be at least one of them injured at any given point during the season.