As teams scrambled to secure free agent targets before the December 1 deadline, the New York Yankees sat on the sidelines, in the end deciding not to make any significant moves.
However, according to the Boston Globe MLB analyst, Peter Abraham this could change dramatically when deals are allowed once more.
It is no secret that the Yankees are in need of recruits, particularly a short-stop, with the side linked to a blockbuster move for Carlos Correa prior to the lockout, though, the $300 million outlay delayed their decision-making process.
Other alternatives a possibility?
Should the money involved for Correa prove to be financially unrealistic, then there are cheaper options available for the Yankees, with former All-Star Trevor Story believed to be of interest.
Abraham meanwhile, revealed that the New York outfit will act though it remains to be seen just how ambitious their business plan is: “New York didn’t make any impact moves ahead of the lockout, preferring to wait and see what the financial landscape would be when it ended,” he said.
“The Yankees have made the playoffs the last five seasons but haven’t been to the World Series since 2009. Brian Cashman knows that’s not a streak he can ride for much longer. Hal Steinbrenner has to be feeling some heat, too. Whether it’s signing (Carlos) Correa or making a big trade, the Yankees are going to do something. Their business plan has always been to act.”
First base another priority position
The second glaring hole on the Yankees’ roster is at first base and as a result, former World Series champion, Freddie Freeman is one option that has been considered, while bringing back Anthony Rizzo is also a possibility.
Meanwhile, going down the trade route could lead them to the Oakland Athletics, who could be prepared to let Chris Bassitt, Frankie Montas, and Sean Manaea, plus outfielder Ramon Laureano leave the west coast.
Whether any (or even one) of these moves happen would depend on a number of factors, however, what is likely to be for sure, is that we have not seen the last of any activity from the Yankees.
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