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Yankees Rumors: Brandon McCarthy said to be looking for a four-year, $48 million contract

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Despite Jon Lester's availability, the Yankees did not make any kind of offer to the left-hander and have yet to address their starting rotation at all. In fact, they even traded away a starting candidate to grab Didi Gregorius from the Diamondbacks. Now that Lester is off the table, they are expected to target Max Scherzer, while also looking into second-tier options as well. The Yankees currently have a rotation of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, and CC Sabathia, but very few internal options from there, however, someone like Brandon McCarthy could fit perfectly into the rotation.

After letting David Robertson go to the White Sox for four years and $46 million, Cashman has acknowledged that McCarthy is looking for a contract in the four-year, $48 million range. Perhaps the Yankees saw it as either Robertson or McCarthy, and with the rotation where it is, they had to let D-Rob go. According to George King of the New York Post, other teams have been willing to go three years with McCarthy at the same AAV, so it could come down to whoever offers a fourth year. From there, it shouldn't be hard to knock a few million off that final number to lower the AAV just a bit, especially if no one else is willing to go over three.

At the age of 31, McCarthy would be 34 by the end of a four-year deal, hardly too old for the Yankees, who have had no issues offering lucrative deals to pitchers in their 40s. With a rotation of Tanaka, Pineda, CC, and McCarthy, the Yankees could then have an easier time finding a fifth starter by either allowing David Phelps, Adam Warren, Manny Banuelos, and Bryan Mitchell to compete in spring training, or bring back Hiroki Kuroda, if he decides he wants to pitch again. Other Scherzer alternatives include James Shields, Brett Anderson, Justin Masterson, Ervin Santana, and the non-tender Brandon Morrow, Brandon Beachy, and Kris Medlen.

What would you prefer the Yankees do? Go hard after Scherzer for $200 million+ or go with McCarthy and try to figure out the fifth starter?