Bill Madden of the Daily News said Carlos Zambrano is a “likely target” for the Yankees to pursue in the trade market this offseason, and ESPN’s Andrew Marchand cites one scout saying “it would make sense” for the Yankees to go after Rafael Soriano.
Zambrano pitched out of the bullpen for a little bit last year, but finished the season as a starter on a mission. In his last 11 starts, he compiled a dazzling 8-0 record and 1.42 ERA. This could raise his price tag tremendously if the Yankees do indeed pursue him.
Soriano is coming off his best year in the big leagues with the Rays, collecting 45 saves and a 1.73 ERA. Soriano is a free agent and will likely have high demands after a season like that.
It will be interesting to see how aggressive the Yankees go after pitching talent this offseason after Brian Cashman notably said “Plan B is patience.”