Yankees ‘like’ Carlos Correa but 2 factors likely rule them out of sweepstakes

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Sep 5, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (4) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

If the New York Yankees miss out on Carlos Rodon on the free agent market, they could turn their attention toward Carlos Correa, but the prospective deal he will land is likely too pricey for general manager Brian Cashman’s taste.

Correa is seeking a deal in the 10-year range, and while the Yankees reportedly “like” the star infielder, the Bombers are high on Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza to fill starting jobs this upcoming season.

“The Yankees do like Correa as a player, but they are having a hard time seeing a fit, either financially or on the field.”

Per Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

The primary two variables to consider regarding the Yanks and Correa are — financially, he doesn’t make much sense, and they don’t exactly have a place for him in the infield, especially if they see Volpe and Peraza as key elements moving forward.

With a projected deal of 10 years, $340 million, Correa is well beyond the Yankees’ price range, especially after inking Aaron Judge to a deal worth $40 million per season over nine years.

The Yankees have more than enough infielders:

Aside from their two young infielders, the Bombers also have Oswaldo Cabrera as a super-utility option, Josh Donaldson at third base, and retained Isiah Kiner-Falefa on a one-year, $6 million deal. They have more than enough talent to go around, and that is not even considering DJ LeMahieu or Gleyber Torres, despite rumors indicating that Torres could be moved.

I wouldn’t expect the veteran infielder to headline a trade until before the deadline next summer since they would prefer to get Volpe up to speed before making any moves. There’s also slight concern regarding LeMahieu’s toe injury that could impact him in the future if he doesn’t undergo surgery to fix it. Having Torres as a stopgap, for now, is not a bad mood, especially after a decent offensive season in 2022.

Nonetheless, we can put the Carlos Correa discussions to bed, especially if the Yankees are legitimately in on Rodon, which seems to be very real at this point in time.