New York Giants: Brian Daboll’s likely OC and DC hires are named

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If the New York Giants get Brian Daboll as head coach, they could also end up with two coordinators with a fair amount of experience behind them. According to NFL analyst Cam Marino, the most likely names that Daboll would go to for these positions are Ken Dorsey and Wink Martindale. The former, of course, is the current quarterbacks coach of the Bills while the latter was the defensive coordinator of the Ravens until recently.

It’s easy to see why Dorsey would be an obvious shoe-in for the offensive coordinator spot. As the quarterbacks coach with the Bills since 2019, he’s been a key part in the development of Josh Allen.

It’s often been said that even if the Giants drafted Allen themselves, his career wouldn’t pan out the same way thanks to a lack of infrastructure to support him. Having an offensive coordinator like Dorsey would help to ensure that by the time the Giants do eventually draft another quarterback, they can actually get the most out of their selection.

Martindale, on the other hand, was the defensive coordinator of the Ravens from 2018 until a few days ago when he was fired by Baltimore. His name being brought up here is intriguing, because obviously, his hiring would mean that Patrick Graham isn’t returning.

Graham hasn’t shown interest in leaving the Giants if not offered a head coaching job this offseason. But at the end of the day, the decision on whether the team is interested in keeping him around rather than going for a clean slate might come down to the new head coach – whether that is Daboll or someone else – and his preferences.

Knicks fall short against Cavs to start brutal road trip

The New York Knicks1-2 punch failed to connect on a final blow as the Cleveland Cavaliers survived a thriller, 95-93, Monday night at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Northeast Ohio.

With the Cavaliers missing two-thirds of their imposing frontline, Kevin Love stepped up and his three-point barrage in the third quarter opened up a 15-point cushion. The Knicks rallied behind the two-way play of rookie Quentin Grimes and RJ Barrett’s strong fourth quarter to give themselves a shot at the end.

But Barrett misfired an ill-advised three with still five seconds in the game, and Julius Randle’s prayer at the buzzer was way off.

Randle got outplayed by Love, who exploded for 20 points, including three straight three-pointers in a rousing third quarter and 12 rebounds off the bench, and rookie Evan Mobley, who put up 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Cavaliers survived without Jarrett Allen (non-COVID illness) and Laurie Markkanen, who sustained a sprained right ankle in their previous win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Knicks also missed their starting center Mitchell Robinson and Nerlens Noel admirably filled in with 13 rebounds, two steals, and two points. But the Knicks shot themselves in the foot with a lousy third quarter and another poor showing at the foul line. They missed 10 free throws in a game that could have gone either way.

Barrett’s 11 points in the fourth quarter went for naught when he opted for a long three-pointer instead of attacking the lane in the final five seconds.

Despite missing his first five three-point attempts, Darius Garland was unfazed and hit the go-ahead trey that shattered a 91-deadlock with 83 seconds left. Garland scored only 13 points on 6 of 19 field goals, but he saved his best for last. He added 12 assists for the Cavaliers, who improved to 29-19.

The Knicks slipped out of the top 10 in the Eastern Conference with a 23-25 mark. A win could have given them the solo 10th spot. Instead, they travel to Miami to face the Heat, currently the East’s best team, reeling from a heartbreaking loss. The brutal road trip will culminate in Milwaukee against the defending champion Bucks on Friday. Then a two-game homestand against the Kings and Grizzlies will precede a killer West Coast trip against five playoff contenders (Lakers, Jazz, Nuggets, Warriors, and Blazers).

The Knicks blew a big one in Cleveland.

Barrett led the Knicks with 24 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Randle reverted to dismal shooting and bled for 18 points on 17 shots. He grabbed seven boards and had the same number of assists and turnovers with four. All starters posed negative plus-minus, with Randle having the worst rating (-220). The Knicks also drew little contribution from Evan Fournier (7 points on 3 of 9 shooting), while Alec Burks was scoreless in his return to the second unit.

After sitting out the front end of a back-to-back schedule, Kemba Walker returned but was barely effective in 19 minutes, coming away with eight points and only one assist. His backup, Immanuel Quickley, was a brutal 1 for 10 from the field but handed out six assists and the Knicks outscored the Cavaliers by six during his 26-minute stint.

Grimes tried to answer Love in the third quarter, hitting two big three-pointers to pull the Knicks within seven and set up the thrilling fourth quarter. He scored 12 points — all from beyond the arc. Obi Toppin also delivered an inspiring performance off the bench with 13 and six rebounds. Toppin shot 3 of 4 from deep. Grimes and Toppin had the best plus-minus with plus-21 and plus-20, respectively. But the Cavaliers’ bench outscored the Knicks’ second unit, 38-34.

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New York Giants: Dan Quinn interviewed for head coaching job

The New York Giants are searching for their next head coach. After hiring Joe Schoen as the team’s next General Manager, the Giants are now focused on finding Joe Judge’s replacement. New York fired Head Coach Joe Judge after two seasons. Brian Daboll seems to be the frontrunner for the Giants’ vacancy, but New York completed an interview with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn today. Dan Quinn might not be the fan favorite, but he could make a serious run for the job.

Could Dan Quinn be the next head coach?

Dan Quinn is one of the older head coaching candidates. Quinn is 51 and his coaching career began in 1994. The Giants’ head coaching candidate’s career took off in 2013 when he became the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks. Quinn helped construct the “Legion of Boom,” one of the best defensive units to ever grace a football field. Dan Quinn and the Seahawks won a Super Bowl on the backs of their great defenders in 2014.

After spending time with the Seattle Seahawks, Dan Quinn became the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Quinn was the Falcons’ head coach from 2015-2020 before ultimately being fired. In 2016, the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl before their infamous 28-3 collapse.

Dan Quinn finished his stint in Atlanta with an overall head coaching record of 43-42. The Falcons made it to the postseason in two of Quinn’s six years as head coach. The Giants could consider Dan Quinn as their next head coach based on his experience and ability to lead a time to the big game. Some coaches learn from their mistakes, and Dan Quinn could improve on his second go-around. However, fans might not want to take that risk after the Giants recently gave Pat Shurmur a second head coaching chance that failed within two seasons.

While Dan Quinn seems to be a serious candidate for the New York Giants’ head-coaching job, all signs point toward Brian Daboll and Brian Flores being the frontrunners for the position with Dan Quinn being a darkhorse candidate.

New York Rangers: Chris Kreider named NHL’s top star of the week

Kreider locked up the NHL’s top honors with a hat trick in the Rangers’ comeback victory against Arizona on Saturday.

Everything keeps coming up Kreider for the New York Rangers.

The 2022 All-Star-to-be topped the NHL’s list of “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 23, his productive week highlighted by seven points, including five goals, over three games last week. Such antics were capped off by a hat trick showing in the Rangers’ come-from-behind win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, a game that saw Kreider reach the NHL’s lead in goals scored (29, since tied by Washington’s Alex Ovechkin).

This accolade is the latest landmark in Kreider’s breakout season, as his last goal on Saturday allowed him to set a new personal best in scoring. At 30, he is the only player left over from the 2013-14 team that went to the Stanley Cup Final and is by far the Rangers’ longest-tenured player at ten seasons in blue. In addition to his shared lead in goals scored, Kreider is the sole leader in power play goals (14) and is fourth in goals per game (0.69), also tied with Ovechkin.

In his recent endeavors, Kreider is on a five-game goal-scoring streak, complementing that total with two assists. The Rangers are 4-1-0 in that span and currently hold a one-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division (though Pittsburgh has a game in hand). New York (27-11-4) returns to action on Monday night when they battle the Los Angeles Kings (7 p.m. ET, MSG+).

Monday’s weekly award is the second of Kreider’s career, previously getting the second star in game action ending on Jan. 2, 2017. Along with Adam Fox, Kreider will represent the Rangers at the 2022 NHL All-Star Game festivities in Las Vegas on Feb. 5. It’s the second nomination of his career, having previously reached the most recent edition in St. Louis in 2020.

With Kreider leading the way, St. Louis Blues goalie Ville Husso won the second star with an undefeated three-game week that featured a shutout over Seattle on Friday night. San Jose’s Timo Meier rounded out the trio after setting a Sharks franchise record with five goals, his hat trick coming in the first period, in a 7-1 win over Los Angeles last Monday.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Knicks’ season hinges on new Randle-Barrett dynamic

Julius Randle finally ended his media blackout Sunday. But it was overshadowed by RJ Barrett’s continued rise. It appears Randle has no qualms and is willing to cede the spotlight to his much younger but capable teammate.

After a 28-point explosion over the Los Angeles Clippers that helped snap the New York Knicks‘ three-game losing skid, Barrett’s usage rate has surged to 27.7 percent since the turn of the new year.

Randle played a complementary role to Barrett, adding 24 points on an efficient 15 shots. It was symbolic of the seismic change in the Knicks’ offensive hierarchy. Randle had seen his usage rate drop to 24.9 in 10 games this month.

“He’s kind of figured out who he is as a player,” Randle said of Barrett. “He’s playing to his strengths, and it makes us a really tough team when he plays like that.”

Barrett started the season with only a 19.9 usage rate as he took a backseat to newcomers Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. But he took a leap every month and has taken over this January as Walker was in and out of the lineup; Fournier battled inconsistency while Randle slumped that led to an ugly public spat with the fans and a $25,000 fine for using profane language.

Where Randle failed as the face of the franchise, Barrett passed it with flying colors. Showing maturity beyond his years, Barrett calmly faced the media and answered the tough questions with candor and humor.

But more importantly, he backed it up with a growing game on the court.

Since boldly declaring not to sleep on the Knicks on New Year’s eve following an ugly road loss to the tanking Oklahoma City Thunder, Barrett has walked the talk.

With Barrett leading the charge, the Knicks started strong in January, winning five of their first eight games before dropping three straight at home. The wire-to-wire win over the Clippers has moved them back to being a .500 team this month.

Over the last 12 games, Barrett is averaging 23.2 points on a 45/40/68 shooting split while adding 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

In that same span, Randle’s numbers dropped to 16.4 points on a 39/24/72 shooting split but still with a team-leading 10.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

“He’s gaining more experience,” New York coach Tom Thibodeau said of Barrett. “I think he has a confidence level that comes with preparation. And now he’s been through the league a few times, and I think he’s growing every day. We see it. He’s playing at a better pace, it’s important for him, but it’s [also] important for us.”

Barrett has turned more aggressive, spicing up his offensive moves. He’s starting to have a better read of the defense and not just relying on a straight-line attack.

Despite Randle’s regression, he still commands attention. But unlike in the past, where Barrett just stands in the corner waiting for the pass, the former third overall pick has ditched the passiveness and transformed himself into a constant threat with his aggressiveness.

“I think being comfortable going right, accepting the ice (a side pick-and-roll defense in which the on-ball defender forces the ball-handler toward the sideline) and snaking it, staying going right, and just trying to be aggressive. Like coach [Thibodeau] said, impose your will onto the game,” Barrett explained.

The change in demeanor on the court and his candor on the mic led to this passing of the torch.

This new version of Barrett is what the Knicks hoped for when they selected him behind Ja Morant, who’s now crept into the MVP conversations, and Zion Williamson, who’s dominant when healthy. Tyler Herro, who was drafted 10 picks after Barrett, has threatened to overtake the former Duke star with his strong play off the bench this season for the Eastern Conference leader Miami Heat. Luckily for the Knicks, Barrett has started to turn the corner and appears intent on pressing forward.

“I don’t feel like I’ve done anything so far—just my mindset. I’m always hungry. I’m hungry for more,” Barrett said. “I want more for the team but for myself, as well.”

”If I continue to be aggressive like I’ve been the past couple of games like I was tonight, I think anything’s possible. I wanna continue to be able to make plays like I did today and score and defend and rebound, really do it all out there on the court for the team and kind of be the guy that does whatever the team needs.”

In ending his shooting slump and media blackout, Randle credited Knicks owner James Dolan who foot the bill (paying a $25,000 fine) for not making his star forward available to media in the previous game. The Knicks have avoided a more significant penalty as Randle wasn’t made available for seven straight postgame interviews.

“Honestly, I appreciate Mr. Dolan. He’s great,” Randle said. But the reaction (to the fine) was the team didn’t make me available. All I can do is my job as a player, and the team didn’t make me available. And that’s it.”

Randle intends to move forward from the drama that affected his play and cast a large shadow on the team over the past two weeks.

“For me personally, I try to take every day one at a time. There’s no point in looking back in the past. You learn from the past but there’s no point looking back. I really don’t look ahead to the future because that’s the unknown. For me it’s about taking it day by day, getting better every day. I feel like us as individuals and as a team we took a step forward today. That’s what matters.”

Randle took a step forward to repair his strained relationship with the fans. Barrett took another leap to realizing his star potential.

This new dynamic bears watching as the Knicks play a brutal 10-game stretch with eight on the road beginning tonight’s game in Cleveland.

But Barrett is unfazed and doubled down on his New Year’s eve bold statement.

“We’ve been really good on the road,” Barrett said. “I think that’s one thing about us. Also, we don’t care. I think we could beat anybody. I think we could beat anybody anywhere.”

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Uncertainty ahead for UFC and heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou

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This past Saturday at UFC 270, we saw a heavyweight title unification bout between Francis Ngannou (17-3) and Ciryl Gane (10-1). The fight had an interesting backstory with both men having trained together in the past and Gane’s head coach used to be Ngannou’s.

However, that wasn’t the most compelling backstory heading into UFC 270. The most compelling part was the fact that Ngannou was fighting the final fight of his contract. It was incredibly compelling because normally, free agency isn’t this open when it comes to champions and the UFC.

Most of the time, fighters are resigned before reaching this point. However, Ngannou’s representation has remained firm in their requests and Ngannou has not budged. Today, we learned a little more regarding the contract situation between Ngannou and the UFC.

The heavyweight champion defeated Ciryl Gane on Saturday to retain his title and now he’s locked in a champion’s clause. That clause will keep him with the UFC for the rest of the year. In addition to that, we learned that the promotion has tried to extend Ngannou.

Uncertainty between UFC and Ngannou

On the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Ngannou said that the UFC has offered him extensions, but he walked away because it wasn’t just about money. Ngannou made $600,000 guaranteed for his victory at UFC 270. However, between Saturday and his win against Stipe Miocic, Ngannou said that he’s left over $7 million on the table.

Dana White didn’t wrap the title around the waste of Ngannou on Saturday and he wasn’t at the post-fight press conference. While there is no publicly known reason as to why, the media has run with the narrative that White is being petty.

In my opinion, the UFC definitely wants to be in the Francis Ngannou business. He’s the ideal heavyweight champion. However, it’s clear that Ngannou and his camp want things that the promotion is not willing to sign off on.

I think we are in for a very long negotiation and honestly, there’s time. Ngannou is going to have knee surgery which will likely keep him out most of if not all of this year. During that time, I expect there to be negotiations between the sides.

For all parties involved, I hope a deal gets done and I think one will eventually get done. However, there’s a long ways to go and there’s a lot of uncertainty at the moment.

MLB Owners and Players Union make progress toward ending the lockout

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Finally, a bit of positivity regarding the Players Union and MLB owners. During a meeting in Manhattan on Monday afternoon, both sides connected for two hours, significantly longer than in previous conferences.

The MLBPA has been demanding more flexibility for players in free agency and trying to get more money in the process, but the owners stood firm, forcing the union to adjust their demands.

According to The Athletic, the MLBPA dropped a significant request to introduce an age-based free-agency system:

The Major League Baseball Players Association dropped its request to introduce an age-based free-agency system into the sport on Monday, withdrawing a proposal in one of the three major areas MLB had shown no interest in changing, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Athletic.

The MLBPA dropping the age-based free agency means that it will remain six years for players to reach an opportunity to test the open market.

There were talks of adjusting how service time was calculated, but the owners believe the sport would become one-sided in favor of teams with more salary space, so providing lesser clubs with opportunities to hold onto their players is ideal.

Of course, this means players won’t be able to cash in on their contributions and skills until after they’ve passed the threshold, which is what the union is fighting for.

In addition, the union also revised a proposal to alter revenue sharing, decreasing the demand of $100 million to $30 million. There are plenty of hurdles left for both sides to clear before they can make significant progress toward solving the CBA, but this was a great step in the right direction.

The two sides will meet once again on Tuesday afternoon to continue proceedings, so things could get done quickly unless they hit another snag, in which weeks could pass before further talks ensue.

Rangers F Kaapo Kakko now “week-to-week” with upper-body injury

Kakko missed the Rangers’ Saturday tilt with Arizona and appears to be out for at least the immediate future.

The New York Rangers will apparently be missing one of their young skaters as they embark on the second half of their regular season schedule. Per Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the Rangers have placed Kaapo Kakko on injured reserve with head coach Gerard Gallant projecting the third-year forward to be evaluated on a “week-to-week” basis.

Kakko was originally a late scratch from the Rangers’ Saturday game against the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden. The 20-year-old was said to have an upper-body injury that Gallant described as “going on for a little while” after the Rangers (27-11-4) earned a 7-3 win. He was originally labeled “day-to-day” by Gallant but now figures to be destined for a lengthier absence.

The second overall pick of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Kakko has earned 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in 37 games this season. He had played only 27 minutes over the last two games, including 14:02 in the Rangers’ loss in Carolina on Friday.

In immediate response to the Kakko departure, Gallant hinted that he could go with an 11-forward set-up when the Rangers take on the Los Angeles Kings at MSG on Monday night (7 p.m. ET, MSG+), dressing seven defensemen. Vince Z. Mercogliano of the USA Today network hinted at such a strategy, as Gallant was pleased with the way Kevin Rooney rotated on the bottom lines after Filip Chytil (whom Gallant labeled day-to-day) was forced to leave with an injury.

Monday’s rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final will be the first of four Ranger games this week, all but one staged at MSG. They’ll face the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road on Thursday before celebrating Henrik Lundqvist Night when the Minnesota Wild visit the day after. The week concludes with the Seattle Kraken’s first visit to Manhattan on Sunday afternoon.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

A blockbuster move the Mets should target this off-season for starting pitching support

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While the Mets have been busy this offseason, there is still work left to do. Coming off of a year where high expectations were not met, clear areas of the team needed improvement. The biggest struggle for the Mets in 2021 was hitting, which resulted from a combination of a lack of depth and talent. The team batting average was a mediocre .239 and the wRC+ (Weighted runs created) was pathetically 96. Both these stats are below league average, which is not acceptable for a team that is looking to contend.

The Mets signed Eduardo Escobar, Mark Canha, and Starling Marte to bolster up the offense. Canha and Marte are both guys that get on base a lot of the time, while Escobar is more of a power hitter. These three signings will definitely help fix the offense issue, but other issues like starting and relief pitching depth remained.

So, the subsequent signing made was Max Scherzer, a top 5 starter in the game and the top pitching free agent. This signing will create the deadliest 1-2 pitcher duo with deGrom also in the rotation, but the 3-5 starters are not the quality they need to be.

The Mets lost Marcus Stroman to the Cubs, creating a desperate need for starting pitching depth. Taijuan Walker proved to be very inconsistent in the 2021 season as he was an all-star caliber pitcher in the first half of the season but a below-average one in the second half. Carlos Carrasco battled injuries for most of the year, but when he returned he struggled majorly. Putting up a 6.04 ERA and 4.32 xFIP (Fielding independent pitching), Carrasco became more of a liability than an asset, reinforcing the need for starting pitching depth. However, Tylor Megill emerged as a reliable starter in his rookie year, putting up a 4.52 ERA and 3.92 xFIP, which are excellent stats for a rookie. So, the Mets’ biggest problem heading into the 2022 season is a reliable third starter in the rotation.

This problem can be solved by a trade for Luis Castillo, who put up a 3.98 ERA and 3.63 xFIP. With Castillo’s contract, he becomes a unrestricted free agent in the year 2024. The years of control with Luis Castillo and his young age of 29 make Luis Castillo very valuable. His current team, the Reds, are not contending at the moment and may be entering a rebuild as many franchise players are reportedly on their way out, like Nick Castellanos and Jessie Winker. So, the Reds would be looking for high-ranked prospects and a young MLB player in return.

A fair return for the Reds would feature Ronny Mauricio, J.T. Ginn, and JD Davis. Ronny Mauricio is the Mets third-ranked prospect 53rd in the MLB. Mauricio’s future with the Mets is uncertain as he is a shortstop, meaning he would have to change positions due to Lindor being with the Mets for the next decade. J.T. Ginn is the Mets’ fifth-ranked prospect and will help the Reds fix their pitching issue for the future. The last part of the return for the Reds in JD Davis, a third baseman for the Mets. Davis has lost his playing time with the addition of Eduardo Escobar and a change of scenery could benefit both Davis and the Mets. He has proven he can be an elite hitter, putting up a 130 wRC+ in 2021, but he is a liability in the field and seems to be injury-prone. Davis is only 28 and becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2025, which is a long time of control over a young player.

If the Reds are indeed looking to begin a rebuild, they could also send Mike Moustakas to the Mets. This move would be strictly to get rid of a bad contract/old player. Moustakas will be making $16 million in 2022, $18 million in 2023, and $20 million in 2024 when he is 35. Moustakas would be an ideal DH as he provides lots of power but is slow and has bad fielding. To actually contend in 2022, the Mets’ front office needs to get busy after the lockout.

New York Yankees Twists and Turns: Will Cashman go for defense or offense in shortstop selection?

The New York Yankees haven’t made any progress with their next shortstop due to the lockout. It all started when the Yankees admitted that their experiment with Gleyber Torres had failed at short and permanently moved him to second base at the end of the season. That move left the Yankees with several players at the position for the remainder of the season and no clear shortstop for 2022.

General Manager Brian Cashman made it clear even before the end of the World Series that his top priority was to get a star-like shortstop to fill the position. But before the ink had dried on that thought, they wavered and said they might look to the stopgap avenue waiting for prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza to assume the position.

Meanwhile, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for the players came and went when a new CBA couldn’t be agreed upon by the December 1 deadline. That caused the Yankees to be left out in the dark as other teams made significant moves to improve their teams before MLB instituted a lockdown, forbidding any major league transactions.

The Yankees basically sat back and watched the action while doing nothing to fill the holes in the team. They saw Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, two prime shortstops go to the Texas Rangers. They also saw starting pitcher Robbie Ray go to the Seattle Mariners, Kevin Gausman go to Toronto Blue Jays, and Eduardo Rodriguez go to the Detroit Tigers. Another priority for the Yankees is to land a No. 2 starting pitcher behind ace Gerrit Cole.

Now the Yankees are left to select from a reduced pool of players to fill their needs. They won’t be able to start that process until a new CBA can be reached. That process has seen only one meeting since the deadline. Today the owner and players will have their first face-to-face meeting with the players presenting their counter-proposal after rejecting the owner’s proposal.

Yankee general manager Brian Cashman still has not shown his hand on whether he will continue to go the route of a star player to fill the shortstop position or go with a lesser player on a short contract. Here is a look at those players still available to the Yankees.

Carlos Correa:

If the Yankees still want to make a splash by hiring free-agent star shortstop Carlos Correa they will have to deal with Correa and high profile agent Scott Boris who will be looking for a huge contract mirroring that given to Corey Seager by the Rangers. He got $325 million over ten years. That will be more than the Yankee’s want on the books, and an Aaron Judge extension looming. Being the youngest shortstop on the market (27), Correa will give Boris even more bargaining power. It would be a big surprise if the Yankees go this route.

Trevor Story:

Free-agent Trevor Story, age 29, is a former Colorado Rockie and is the second-best shortstop still on the market. Story has been of interest to the Yankees before when they tried to trade for him before the trade deadline this past season. The Rockies and Yankees couldn’t agree then and likely won’t now. Brian Hock of has said the Yankees have since soured on Story and likely won’t pursue him now. Story, a five-tool player would be a significant upgrade for the Yankees and not as costly as Correa.

Andrelton Simmons:

Next in line is Andrelton Simmons, one of the best defensive shortstops of the last several years. But there is a big problem here, he is old (32). Add to that, he is coming off a dismal season with a slash line of .223/.283/.274, something that can’t be attractive to the Yankees regardless of his glove prowess. Only a short contract at a low price could entice the Yankees to move on Simmons.

Other options:

If you discount those three shortstops, there isn’t much left for the Yankees. Some say they will do nothing and move Gio Urshela to short, where he was serviceable for 28 games last season. Other analysts see the Yankees going the short gap avenue trading for players like Nick Ahmed of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Harold Castro of the Tigers, Isiah Kiner-Falefa of the Rangers, Kevin Newman of the Pirates, or Willie Adames of the Brewers. Besides those players, there are a host of low-cost players that Cashman could get creative with.

One thing is for sure when the owners and players can come to an agreement, the Yankees are going to have to pounce quickly with spring training less than a month away so that they can concentrate on their several other needs.