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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees still have "excellent chance" at getting Sonny Gray even after Jaime Garcia trade

As the trade deadline approaches, the Yankees are still looking to upgrade their rotation after adding Twins lefty Jaime Garcia early this morning. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Yankees are still looking to add Oakland’s starting pitcher Sonny Gray in the upcoming hours and notes that the club has an "excellent chance" at acquiring the starter. 
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The rumors of Gray to the Bronx have been rampant the past few weeks even before starting pitcher Michael Pineda’s season ended with Tommy John, and with reports of the A’s backing off their demands for Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres, negotiations have ramped up. The righty sports a 6-5 record, 3.43 ERA, 3.13 K/BB, and a 3.24 FIP in 16 starts this season for the A’s. 

The 27-year-old is under contract through the 2019 season in contrast to Jaime Garcia, who is a free agent after this season. Although Gray may not be a “true ace,” he could end up being a solid number two in the rotation, and with young pitchers like Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino possibly on innings limits this year, it would be wise for Brian Cashman to add another proven arm to the roster.

Article by: Maxx Hotton

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