New York Yankees

Predicting who's a goner after Yankees lose in playoffs again: Brian Cashman? Gary Sanchez? Masahiro Tanaka?

Last winter, the Yankees thought they did what they need to do to ensure that there wouldn’t be October misery in 2020 when managing partner Hal Steinbrenner opened up the bank vault and committed $324 million for one of the best pitchers ever to hit the free agent market.

Gerrit Cole was all that except for one small slump, especially in the playoffs, yet the Yankees failed again, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays in a best-of-five Division Series that ended Friday night in San Diego with a 2-1 setback .

While the Rays move onto the ALCS to play the Astros, the Yankees will start trying to fix a ballclub full of stars that sure was a mess at times during this crazy season.

Happ in relief backfired, and this decision would have killed the Yanks season a day earlier if Jordan Montgomery hadn’t saved their butts by having a good Game 4 start pitching on two weeks rest.

With starting pitching so thin around the majors, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a team like the Angels overpays a lot for a guy like Tanaka, who could be a great mentor to Shohei Ohtani and give the franchise a better shot to get to the playoffs for a second time in the Mike Trout era.

The Yanks can’t start Cole, Luis Severino (when he returns from Tommy John surgery) and a bunch of youngsters next season, so it wouldn’t be a shock if they try to keep Paxton, if they lose Tanaka.

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