The Yankees have reportedly shown interest in Royals starter LHP Danny Duffy, reports The Post's Joel Sherman.
Duffy, 29, has been with the Royals since 2011 where he has served as both a starter and reliever. Last season, he started in all of his 24 apperances, posting a 3.81 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 146.1 innings.
The Royals gave a five-year, $65 million contract extension to Duffy last season. He will be owed $14 million next season, $15.25 million in 2019 and 2020, and finally, $15.5 million in 2021 before hitting free agency.
Having not re-signed CC Sabathia, the Yankees are looking around for a left arm to join Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, and Sonny Gray in the starting rotation. The only other potential other in the rotation would be Jordan Montgomery, who had a great rookie season.
It's evident the Yankees are looking to bolster their rotation with young, controllable pitching with potentially elite production having already been connected with Michael Fulmer and Gerrit Cole.
Duffy is interesting in that his control (four years) comes with significant cash ($60 million). The Yankees could offer similar years and salary to Alex Cobb without sacrificing prospects (though they would lose their second highest pick in June's draft and $500K from their international bonus pool because Cobb received a qualifying offer).
Duffy being left-handed would fit nicely at Yankee Stadium and he exhibited improved control the last two seasons. Duffy is a bit more of a fly ball pitcher, which could be an issue in New York. At this point, it seems the Yankees are checking in on any and all arms with reasonable costs and potential long-term upside.