TAMPA — A black hole. A rabbit hole.
They are potential destinations when you attempt to determine how much Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon, neither of whom has pitched much in the past two seasons, can fill the sizable hole in the Yankees’ starting rotation. It’s risky business.
We’ve got to try, though, right? The Yankees certainly tried when they agreed to pay the free agent Kluber $11 million and to trade four youngsters to the Pirates for Taillon.
“Look, I don’t think we’re going 200 innings [each] or … hopefully, if they have a successful year this year, what they’re going to do next year,” Aaron Boone said Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “So we’ll be cautious.”
The two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Kluber, 34, pitched 35 ²/₃ innings in 2019 and one last year after a torn right shoulder muscle quickly sidelined him. Taillon, 29, the second-overall pick of the 2010 amateur draft, clocked 37 ¹/₃ innings in 2019 and zero last year.
Taillon admitted on Friday, “I thought originally 120 to 150 [innings], but that being said, I’m kind of on board with the idea of, let’s just see how I’m…