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Monday, December 13, 2021

Yankees will look into three big free agents with many holes to fill: Sherman

Between a down year and concerns about the health of his throwing arm, Story appeared to be having the most difficulty among the big shortstops in finding a high-end market. He grew up a Derek Jeter fan. LeMahieu is among his best friends. Is it possible that he would take a shorter deal with the Yankees to reestablish his value, say one year at $35 million with a player option for a second season at $35 million? The shorter tenure would work better with the Yankees horizons on working in Peraza or Volpe. I don’t think the Yankees should worry about having too many athletic middle infielders. If they are good enough, they will be able to play elsewhere. My gut: Story will be able to find at least three years or more from the Mariners, Red Sox or some other team that values his glove, athleticism and power.

If my gut is correct on all three, it means none will end up with the Yankees. So what then? I think the Yankees would further investigate a Matt Olson trade. Would they be willing to make The Martian, Jasson Dominguez, the centerpiece to a swap? Or Peraza? Or Austin Wells? The fallback is probably a two-year deal for Anthony Rizzo and then trying to spread money around to provide depth and insurance.

For example, if the Yankees wanted to emphasize defense, it would probably not take a ton of prospect capital if they were willing to absorb most or all of the $6.25 million the Athletics owe shortstop Elvis Andrus in 2022 and the $18 million the Brewers owe Lorenzo Cain. The Yankees would have Gio Urshela and Torres to move to shortstop late if they needed to hit for Andrus (who in theory could be part of a bigger Olson trade). Cain would serve as a rotating part of the outfield, plus insurance for Hicks (Milwaukee has had interest in Voit previously).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2021 at 04:40 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: December 13, 2021 at 08:04 PM (#6057253)
That's pretty dirty for a newspaper.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 13, 2021 at 08:27 PM (#6057256)
Would they be willing to make The Martian, Jasson Dominguez, the centerpiece to a swap?
Can’t trade the next Mike Trout/Mickey Mantle. Wouldn’t be prudent.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: December 14, 2021 at 01:58 AM (#6057295)
If the Yanks are willing to give Story 1/$35 with a $35 M player option, that looks awfully tempting.

This is the first I've heard about a bad arm (I don't follow Story stories -- hah!). If that's not serious, I assume he'll at least match/beat Javy's deal. But he's no Correa. I suppose you still take 6/$150 over 2/$70. Did anybody really think that Story was in line for 10/$300?
   4. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: December 14, 2021 at 12:53 PM (#6057332)
Is Andrus even good at defense any more? The last few years he's been pretty bad according to the numbers. Looks like he can run the bases well at least, but surely there's got be another option for a defensive SS stopgap out there. Villar is a FA, maybe he would cost more than Andrus?
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 14, 2021 at 01:09 PM (#6057336)
What about Adalberto Mondesi? Kinda lost histarting job but he has upside and is cheap and is a good defender.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: December 14, 2021 at 02:21 PM (#6057356)
If they want defense, sign Andrelton. Sheesh, the DBacks actually owe Ahmed 2/$18 ... still, there's some amount of that the Yanks would be willing to eat if you really, really love defense so much you don't care about the bat at all. For sure though, Mondesi looks like the kinda guy who just needs a sprinkle of Mystique and Aura to turn into a decent player for the 1-2 years the Yanks need him.

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