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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Heyman: Time for Hal Steinbrenner to open Yankees’ coffers — and here’s how

Re-sign Aaron Judge. Without him, this was a .500 team, and a dull one. That $30.5 million a year offer seemed reasonable back in spring. But now even $40 million is light, even after falling down in the postseason. “That’s gone,” Astros exec Reggie Jackson said. We’ll say $45 million per. No reason the legit home run record holder shouldn’t be the game’s highest-paid player.

Sign Justin Verlander (or Carlos Rodon if Verlander insists on remaining an Astro). The Yankees last year tried for Verlander at $25 million, which is ultimately what he’ll get in Houston once he opts out. He’d serve two purposes: recreate the one-two punch he had with ace Gerrit Cole in Houston, and hurt the Astros, a necessity now. If he won’t come, try for Rodon, who’s more dependable that Jacob deGrom, who may go south (Texas?) if he passes on the Mets. I’m figuring $43.3 million for Verlander (same as Max Scherzer), $25 million for backup plan Rodon.

Sign Trea Turner or Carlos Correa. They passed on Bryce Harper, who would have been even better for New York than Philly, plus Manny Machado and Correa (that one-year deal that would have worked much better than taking the Isiah Kiner-Falefa/Josh Donaldson combo). This would allow them to trade Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza, the very combo that could have netted Luis Castillo at the trade deadline. Either guy should be about $35.1 million (Correa’s Twins salary).

Sign Edwin Diaz. It’s great the Yankees had three All-Star closers, but ultimately their relief riches came up a man or two short. Why not sign the game’s best closer — $22 million is about right, and I’d lure new Mets fan Timmy Trumpet for another $50,000 as incentive to move crosstown. So that’d be $22,050,000, bringing the grand total to $145.15 million. Happy spending.


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