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Do you see it? I would understand if you didn’t. The Yankees, after all, are dealing with lots of here-and-now issues, notably trying to win enough in these waning regular-season days to secure a wild card spot.
So if you hadn’t noticed a 2022 pitching staff emerging in real time, that’s totally understandable. It is just that the key to the Yankees thriving late — non-Giancarlo Stanton Division — has been a deep pitching staff that has a) excelled, and b) is almost totally controlled at least through next year.
Corey Kluber and Andrew Heaney, who was optioned to the minors on Wednesday, are free agents. The Yankees have a $3 million 2022 option on Joely Rodriguez (or a $500,000 buyout). Darren O’Day (remember him?) has a player option that the Yankees can buy out if triggered — and the Yanks have a team option that they would not pick up.
Besides that, this pitching group comes back en masse, including Zack Britton, who will miss most or all of next season following Tommy John surgery.