The New York Yankees were viewed by many as a clear potential landing spot for Freddie Freeman. Or at least that was the case until the Houston Astros signaled that they were unwilling to pay Carlos Correa the $300+ million he was looking for.
Then everything changed.
According to MLB insider Hector Gomez, “the Yankees are willing to pay him that amount or above.”
New York dispensing that sort of money would certainly make sense. Correa would dramatically alter the entire lineup. Beyond that, there is a lot of competition for his services.
Of course, Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza do complicate the conversation a bit. How much so, it remains to be seen.
In the meantime, the Yankees aren’t just sitting pat.
As first reported by MLB Nerds, New York has “emerged as the ‘clear cut favorite’ to land 1B Matt Olson, with Texas being out.”
At just 27 years old Olson is a big contract extension waiting to happen, but obviously that isn’t something the Yankees typically shy away from. Especially for such an obvious upgrade at first base.
Last year Olson hit .271 with 39 home runs and 111 RBIs. Given the option of choosing between that and Luke Voit (who is arbitration eligible and set to get around $5.4 million ) – you aren’t staring down a particularly difficult choice.
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The Yankees enter this period with glaring holes at first base, shortstop, center field, catcher and third base. Although the team possesses depth in the rotation and bullpen, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.
In the end, New York is entering a vital season. Failure in 2022-23 is not an option. And the key to ensuring success is adding an appropriate amount of talent right now.
Who will the Yankees ultimately come away with when it’s all said and done? Time will tell.