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Episode 4: CC’s A-Back, Yeah

Jesse Spector

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Nobody told me that I would be responsible for titling the podcast episodes, and I instantly regret this one, yet also love it at the same time.

CC Sabathia is back, which means that the Yankees’ rotation is full, but at the same time, the Yankees are looking for more starting pitching because there really is no such thing as enough. But what do we really expect from Sabathia, in 2018, at age 37? Is there a danger in expectations being too high after the 2017 renaissance, or does it really not matter for someone who’s going to be your No. 4 or 5 starter?

Beyond 2018, it’s not too early to think about 2019, and in the new segment “Getting Way Ahead Of Ourselves,” that’s exactly the thing to do. Like, if Manny Machado is really coming to New York in another year, how does he fit? You make Manny Machado fit, obviously, but if he wants to play shortstop like reports have said, what does that mean? And, is it fair to still be dreaming of Bryce Harper in pinstripes even after the Yankees traded for Giancarlo Stanton? Of course it is, but, you know, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks are still here, too. Basically, there are going to be trades on the way to building what looks like it might be a superteam by the time 2019 rolls around.

Finally on this episode, I posted a Twitter poll on Sunday asking whether you’d rather go after Gerrit Cole or Patrick Corbin. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of Cole, at 72%, but I’m not so sure about that. Also, shouldn’t the Yankees be targeting Josh Harrison alongside Cole the way that they’ve reportedly been talking about Brandon Drury in conjunction with Corbin? And what might the prospect package for such a deal look like? Could there be someone traded off the major league roster to make it happen? One thought on who that might be.

Remember to follow @LockedOnYankees on Twitter, and send your mailbag questions for Friday either there, or by email (why it’s a mailbag) to [email protected], and get ready for the next episode coming your way on Wednesday.

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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