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Clarke Schmidt and the Yankees’ player development staff need to step up in 2021

As things stand right now, the New York Yankees will likely rely on young, controllable pitching in the 2021 season and perhaps beyond. They handed the big dollars to Gerrit Cole last offseason, but chances are that they don’t want to surpass a specific number when it comes to next year’s payroll, and that they won’t chase the big fish in free agency, namely Trevor Bauer or Marcus Stroman.

The problem is that they have three starters hitting free agency after the World Series is over: James Paxton, J.