GM Brian Cashman has made it quite clear the Yankees will be aggressive this offseason
Here is the latest…
Nov. 16, 5:15 p.m.
According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, the Yankees have made inquiries about A’s first baseman Matt Olson, but the two sides have not had any ‘detailed conversations about which players would be involved in a potential deal.”
Curry notes that the Yankees are “definitely interested” in Olson, who hit 39 homers with 111 RBI last year with the A’s.
Nov. 15, 1:33 p.m.
The Yankees are in the market for a first baseman, which MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports has led to them meeting with “all top left-handed-hitting” ones. That includes 2021 World Series champion Freddie Freeman.
Freeman has only known the Braves in his career, and has made it clear that he wants to return to Atlanta.
However, anything is possible in free agency, so it makes sense that the Yanks checked in with one of the best two-way first basemen in MLB.
Nov. 15, 12:45 p.m.
The Yanks have interest in CF Starling Marte, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Cashman said recently that he is considering options in center field with no guarantees that Aaron Hicks will be set to go in 2022. Marte is the top center fielder on the market, and multiple teams — Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies among them — will be vying for his services.
Marte, 33, had a fantastic 2021 campaign with the Marlins and Oakland A’s, slashing .310/.383/.458 with 12 homers, 27 doubles and 55 RBI, usually in the leadoff hole. He gets on base a bunch and has defensive prowess that hasn’t been hindered by age.
Nov. 12, 11:04 a.m.
Many around the league are worried a work stoppage is coming, which is why some free agents might be willing to sign quicker than expected. Add top free agent shortstops Marcus Semien and Corey Seager to that list, says ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Both of these players will be considered big splashes and it could come before Dec. 1 when the CBA expires.
SNY’s Andy Martino noted earlier that a lockout is likely, as there is a lot of “pessimism” in current labor negotiations. Martino added that when the lockout is over, the Yankees “are going to be big spenders and aggressive buyers on this free agent market this winter.”
We’ll see if that remains the case with these two players specifically.
Nov. 11, 2:29 p.m.
Cashman said that Carlos Correa‘s past with the Houston Astros won’t be an impediment to him signing in New York.
Cashman has spoken with “most, but not all” of the representatives for the top free agent shortstops, including Correa.
Correa was one of the Astros who was singled out during the league’s investigation into their cheating scandal that happened in 2017.