Starting pitching is the obvious priority for the Yankees this offseason, but shoring up the bullpen also seems to be on GM Brian Cashman's list.
According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are reportedly among those intersted in trading with the Royals for reliever LHP Tim Hill. Feinsand says the Yanks are "chief among the suitors."
The 29-year-old debuted for the Royals in 2018, where he had a 4.53 ERA over 45.2 innings pitched (70 games). He improved in 2019 with a 3.63 ERA over 39.2 innings (46 games).
A submariner, Hill keeps the ball in the ballpark, something the Yankees certainly love to see. He has allowed 0.8 and 0.9 homers per nine innings in the past two seasons respectively. His strikeout numbers are also solid at 8.8 per nine innings last season (39 total).
The Yankees don't necessarily need a lefty in their bullpen with Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman there. Stephen Tarpley is also an option. But Hill brings another look on the mound as a submarine pitcher, and if he can continue to improve off last season, he could be a good option at any point in the game.
Cashman also already struck a trade with the Mariners to deal LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. in return for international bonus money, so a slot would be open for Hill in the bullpen.