Yankees Rumors: "They're In On" These 3 Huge Available Names

The New York Yankees need to make some serious noise this winter after a dreadful 2023 season. And according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman, they're shooting for a trio of huge stars, through trades and free agency:

"They went 82-80, that's a disaster for them," said Heyman, insisting:

"They're in on (Juan) Soto. They're in on (Cody) Bellinger. They're in on (Yoshinobu) Yamamoto... I expect them to come out with two of them."

Heyman picks the Yankees as "the team to bounce back in 2024."

A left-handed bat like Soto — one of the top hitters in the game —would be a huge boost for the lineup, while Bellinger would plug a gaping hole in center field, while also being a very nice addition to the batting order. 

Per MLB Network analyst, and former major league pitcher Ron Darling, the addition of Yamamoto would be the biggest coup: "They have to give some help to (Gerrit) Cole. At some point they've gotta have some starting pitching."

Fellow Yankees Insider Andy Martino says the team is even reserving uniform #18 for Yamamoto, who is rumored to want to go to a big-market team.   

After Cole, the rotation in the Bronx completely fell apart, as last year's big free agent signing Carlos Rodon faced injury problems all year long and was woeful (6.85 ERA) in the 14 games he did start. Nestor Cortes was only healthy enough to start 12 times, Frankie Montas for only one inning, and Luis Severino imploded (6.65 ERA) and won't be back. 

Yamamoto, the 25-year-old Japanese phenom, would be a massive boost to the beleaguered rotation. But it'll cost likely in excess of $200M. 

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