In 2017, Luis Severino was the Yankees' best pitcher and one of the premier starters in the league. But he wants even more for 2018, and is ready to share the spotlight should the Yankees make a big addition to their rotation.
The Yankees have been rumored to be interested in Yu Darvish, rumors that GM Brian Cashman confirmed. Severino 'wishes' his club will sign Darvish.
"I wish. We need somebody like that,'' Severino said, via Pete Caldera of The Record. "Yu Darvish is a great pitcher."
Severino and the Yankees were just one game from the World Series, losing the eventual champion Astros in seven games. The 24-year-old is already using that feeling of heartbreak to push on for 2018.
"I already feel that motivation,'' Severino said. "I think everybody on the team does. They know we have a chance to go to the World Series.''
In 2017, Severino finished third in American League Cy Young voting after an impressive 193 1/3 innings (31 starts), going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 230 strikeouts.
Severino is due at spring training on February 13, when pitchers and catchers report to camp.