The truth behind the Yankees passing on Carlos Correa as their big SS free agent signing

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The New York Yankees had five star-level shortstops available in free agency, but opted to go with Isiah Kiner-Falefa, a trade acquisition, for the 2022 season. Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Marcus Semien, and Javier Baez ended up going to other teams because the Yanks wanted to trust young prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza to take over sometime in the next two years.

Correa, in particular, made perfect sense for the Yankees: he hit 26 homers in 2021, with 104 runs, 92 RBI, and a Gold Glove award at shortstop. The Twins showed Carlos Correa $105.3 million and they signed him.

Several things happened in the offseason and the Yankees soured on Correa

The Yankees, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, weren’t actually that keen on signing Correa. Here’s what the insider said via the Big Baseball Podcast:

“The Yankees had a couple things that were going on with Correa that — I don’t know that it was him, necessarily — but he was with Houston. They didn’t love that. He did make that comment about Derek Jeter early in the offseason (he said the Captain didn’t deserve any of his Gold Glove awards). They didn’t love that. He was very close to Alex Rodriguez. I’m not sure that he is now. But I don’t think they loved that either, though Alex Rodriguez was the key guy that helped them win their last World Series championship. But he’s not exactly Mr. Popularity around the Yankees now.”

Correa, however, could return to the market in the next offseason, as his three-year deal has opt-outs after 2022 and 2023. Could the Yankees consider a move then? It will likely depend on the progress of Peraza and Volpe.

There may be, however, some animosity between the Yankees and Correa at this point, making any move unlikely.

It’s baseball, so anything can happen, though.

Yankees could still be eyeing Carlos Correa as Brian Cashman enters ‘stealth mode’

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Despite the New York Yankees executing a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Twins to acquire Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Josh Donaldson, and Ben Rortvedt, they could still be eyeing a potential move at shortstop.

The situation revolving around Carlos Correa hasn’t changed much, with the Baltimore Orioles presenting a 10 year, $300 million deal and the Houston Astros trying to retain his services for the long term. However, Correa remains patient with the process, and one insider believes general manager Brian Cashman could be working under the radar.

Andy Martino of SNY still believes the Yankees could be in the mix for Carlos Correa:

Talking to players over the first five days of spring training has left me with the strong impression that they expect more change in the coming days, both on the roster and with the culture. Virtually no one feels certain that he will not be traded. People are on their toes, and don’t seem to mind it.

According to Martino, there are players on the Yankees roster who still believe Correa could be acquired. It would go against the concept of trading for Kiner-Falefa, but we’ve seen Cashman do crazier things in the past. For all we know, he could be looking to leverage Falefa for starting pitching support, which would be part of a grandmaster plan.

There are players who still hope that the team signs Carlos Correa. It’s difficult to say if that is back on the table, because Brian Cashman is in super-stealth mode.

The Yankees consumed two years and $50 million of Donaldson’s contract and then proceeded to retain Anthony Rizzo at $16 million per season. Already locking up a significant amount of money and passing the second luxury tax threshold, it is also probable the Bombers aren’t trying to spend more but remain cost-efficient.

Acquiring Correa would undoubtedly boost their shortstop position, though. Last season, Carlos hit .279 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs. He’s one of the best postseason players in the league, making him even more valuable to a Yankee team that seems to squander opportunities in elimination rounds.

It is more likely Cashman is looking at Anthony Volpe to make the jump in 2023, which coincides with two more years of control over Kiner-Falefa.

Yankees facing big problem as top two stop-gap options gone from shortstop market

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It is no secret that the New York Yankees desperately need a new shortstop to feature during the 2022 season. The consensus was that the Yankees would settle for a stopgap option during the lockout while Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza climbed the farm system.

However, with free agency opening back up, reports indicated that Carlos Correa was still on their priority list, presenting an interesting decision for general manager Brian Cashman and Co.

Do the Yankees remain committed to their youth and sign a player on a two-year contract, or do they swing for the fences and go with the monster deal worth over $300 million?

Based on how the market has already unfolded, the Yankees are already down two of their best stopgap options.

Yankees have already lost their top two stop-gap options at shortstop:

Isiah Kiner-Falefa:

The Yankees were connected to Texas Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa during the lockout as a potential solution to their shortstop void. Defensively, Falefa is a fantastic shortstop that would’ve offered them above-average play in that category.

However, his offensive capabilities were limited, especially when it comes to his slugging. He posted a .271 average last season with eight homers and 53 RBIs, showcasing decent contact hitting. His offensive attributes don’t exactly fit the Yankees preferred strengths, which is why they likely didn’t jump into the trade market looking to acquire him. The Minnesota Twins ended up trading for Kiner-Falefa, giving up catcher Mitch Garver and another player in the process.

Andrelton Simmons:

The cheapest stopgap option for the Yankees on the free-agent market would’ve been Andrelton Simmons, who signed a one-year, $4 million deal with incentives to join the Chicago Cubs.

Simmons and the Yankees would’ve been a stretch connection, to begin with, given his serious offensive limitations. Simmons has hit double-digit homers in the past, over three years ago when he smashed 11 back in 2018. His average dipped to .223 this past season, hitting three homers over 451 plate appearances. At 32 years old, Simmons seems to have taken a big dip in production, so the Yankees passing on him was a good decision.

However, with two of the top short-term options off the market, that leaves Carlos Correa and Trevor Story as the primary free agents to consider. If I were to put my money on it, I would imagine a Yankees will grab one of those two players, whether it be Correa on a massive deal or Story on a short-term but big-money contract.

Yankees shifting blockbuster approach toward star shortstop in wild turn of events

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With free agency officially underway, the New York Yankees haven’t yet made a new signing, despite several players already being plucked off the market.

The Yankees were reportedly interested in star first baseman Freddie Freeman from the Atlanta Braves, and while they are still involved in the market, the Los Angeles Dodgers have increased their pursuit of the World Series winner from 2021. There’s always a possibility that general manager Brian Cashman swoops in and completes a deal, but the Dodgers clearly view him as a key piece to the future.

The Bombers still have plenty of money to spend with the luxury tax increasing to $230 million. Despite having multiple stud prospects waiting in the wings at shortstop, the team’s interesting Carlos Correa has sparked once again.

Francisco Lindor signed a 10 year, $341 million deal with the New York Mets. MLB Insider Hector Gomez is indicating that Correa could land a similar amount, and there’s no question that he is worth the money after phenomenal seasons with the Houston Astros.

The former No. 1 overall pick back in 2012 hit .279 with 26 homers and 92 runs batted in last year. Despite a back injury that required significant attention throughout the 2021 season, Correa still projects as arguably the best shortstop in baseball, logging a 5.8 WAR last season and a .981 fielding percentage with 11 errors over 1,304 innings.

The Yankees have dealt with poor shortstop play for quite some time now, especially on the defensive side. Correa would lock down the position for the next decade and potentially make the shift over to the hot corner one day if he’s open to the possibility.

It will be interesting to see what the Yankees will do with young prospects, Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza. They are not far from making their Major League debuts. The consensus was the Yankees would take a stop-gap approach at shortstop, but if they go with the big-name signing in Carlos Correa, they have an established player who is in the prime of his game at just 27 years old.

NL contender is the Yankees’ main competitor for Carlos Correa

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Ever since free agency started, the New York Yankees have said they need a shortstop, since Gleyber Torres won’t play at the position in 2022. Fans would love to welcome Carlos Correa to the Bronx, but several realities could affect those plans.

First and foremost, Correa’s price tag (more than $320 million, most likely) is one the Yankees aren’t all that comfortable paying. Second, they have a solid fallback option in Trevor Story who could be cheaper and similarly talented. And third, they would like to wait for Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe, two of their best prospects.

The thing is that Volpe is not yet ready for the majors, and Peraza may need to prove himself at Triple-A, too. The Yankees have considered a short-term stopgap option, like Andrelton Simmons, for this season, and then hand the keys to the shortstop position to either Volpe or Peraza.

The Astros and Tigers could also compete with the Yankees for Correa

Another potential flaw in the Correa-to-the-Yankees plan is that they will have competition for his services. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, a source told him that the Chicago Cubs, “who engaged with Carlos Correa in negotiations before the lockout began, are among the favorites to sign him as the market reopens.”

Additionally, Mark Berman, the sports director at KRIV in Houston, says the Astros (Correa’s former team) have not given up on the idea of re-signing him.

“I’m sure we’ll engage one more time and we’ll see what happens. Carlos is a great player. He’s a one-of-a-kind player. I thought we made a good offer before. We’ll see where they’re at on their side. I’m sure we’ll talk to them shortly,” he said.

The Yankees could also face competition from the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Detroit Tigers, not to mention the Seattle Mariners.

Correa hit 26 home runs, scored 104 runs, and drove in 92 in 2021. It was also his finest year defensively, as he won both the Gold and Platinum Glove awards. The Yankees haven’t had a shortstop like him in a while.

What will the New York Yankees do first once the hot stove is live?

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The news that Yankees fans have been waiting to hear for nearly 100 days dropped today. MLB and the MLBPA agreed to a new CBA that will end the lockout and the hot stove will officially go live later this evening once the deal is ratified.

There needed to be 20 votes out of 38 from player reps and the executive committee for the deal to go through. All eight executive members voted no and four teams dissented including the New York Yankees. However, 26 team reps voted yes and baseball is officially back.

I don’t even think you could classify what’s about to happen as the hot stove. This is going to be like the surface of the sun. MLB Spring Training is set to begin in just a few days and there are over 300 free agents that are still searching for a home including some notable Yankees targets.

Will the Yankees make a splash?

For the Yankees, the needs of the team haven’t changed since the beginning of the offseason. The lack of action from the bombers before the lockout means they still have their full plate of agenda items to take care of in a very short amount of time.

Obvious priority is the shortstop position. It’s been clear for a while now that the Yanks are not going to have Gleyber Torres manning shortstop in 2022. The Yankees engaged in conversations with Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, and Andelton Simmons before the lockout.

All of those players are still available to New York. Now, Simmons is the least sexy move the Yanks could make, but it might be a deal that comes together considering the talent in the farm system at SS. It will also depend on what happens with a few other positions including first base.

The Yankees are said to have serious interest in both Freddie Freeman and Matt Olson. Both would cost a lot in very different ways. I think Olson is more likely between those two, but I also wouldn’t rule out the Yanks reuniting with Anthony Rizzo after his time in the Bronx.

To me, Luke Voit is still a goner. I just can’t see New York bringing him back after last year which means a trade is likely going to go down soon with him. Does he bring back pitching or is he part of a deal that brings in Olson? Time will tell.

Pitching is always a need, but I think the Yankees will focus on suring up the infield right away. There’s no time to waste so I expect some deals to come together quickly. Don’t roll your eyes but a Brett Gardner extension might be one of the first dominos. Buckle up Yankees fans, it’s about to get hot.

Yankees Rumors: Interest in Carlos Correa is alive, home-town competition for Freddie Freeman

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If the MLB owners and players union don’t come to a conclusion in the next four days, the 2022 regular season will have games canceled. How this will affect free agency 2.0 and players’ preparation is yet to be seen, but the New York Yankees are still heavily involved in the rumor mill.

Bombers have been connected to every player on the market this off-season, including a myriad of trades with the Oakland Athletics.

One name that hasn’t been mentioned all that much, though, is Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who is looking for a 10-year contract worth over $300 million. Correa is coming off a stellar season with Houston, hitting .279 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs.

If the Yankees are looking for an established postseason offensive weapon, Correa undoubtedly fits their mold, but his price tag may scare general manager Brian Cashman away, considering he has multiple prospects climbing the system.

Jon Heyman of the MLB Network stated that the Yankees called on Carlos Correa before the lockout, but they had Corey Seager a bit higher on their wish list. Cashman doesn’t have many options at this point in time after the majority of shortstops were plucked off the market before the lockout commenced.

If Cashman is confident that Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza can make an impact in the next two seasons, signing Correa may end up being a bad move. Nonetheless, Correa would solidify the shortstop position for years to come, potentially allowing Volpe and Peraza to switch positions or be involved in a potential trade down the line.

Aside from shortstop, first base remains another problem for the Yankees. They have Luke Voit under contract, and DJ LeMahieu served valiantly at the position last season, but recent rumors have connected the team with Freddie Freeman, who is coming off a World Series with the Atlanta Braves.

Buster Olney of ESPN recently indicated that the New York Mets checked in on Freeman’s availability before the lockout, so the Yankees could have some hometown competition for the big lefty bat.

The Yankees normally make one big move every off-season, so we should expect them to be aggressive coming out of the lockout, especially if regular-season games are expected to be played immediately.

MLB analyst predicts the Yankees will make some noise after the lockout

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While the rest of the league raced to sign their preferred free agent targets quickly before the December 1 lockout, the New York Yankees stood idly by and didn’t make any major moves. This situation, according to Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham, will change when transactions are allowed again and there is a new CBA deal.

The Yankees have three glaring needs: a shortstop (at least one has to come to the organization, as they said Gleyber Torres would play second and there isn’t a starting shortstop in place at the moment), an outfielder who can play in center and spell Aaron Hicks if needed, and starting pitching.

Abraham points out that the Yankees won’t be as passive as they were prior to the lockout when the action starts again.

“New York didn’t make any impact moves ahead of the lockout, preferring to wait and see what the financial landscape would be when it ended. The Yankees have made the playoffs the last five seasons but haven’t been to the World Series since 2009. Brian Cashman knows that’s not a streak he can ride for much longer. Hal Steinbrenner has to be feeling some heat, too. Whether it’s signing (Carlos) Correa or making a big trade, the Yankees are going to do something. Their business plan has always been to act.”

Who will the Yankees sign?

The Yankees have been linked to Correa for a while, but if they don’t want to spend over $300 million in one player, they could turn to Trevor Story, a former All-Star, too.

Another position that the Yankees could be looking to improve is first base, where Voit missed most of last season with several physical issues, mostly with his knee. They also don’t trust his glove, and could be looking to make a move for former NL MVP and World Series champion Freddie Freeman. They could also re-sign Anthony Rizzo.

Of course, the trade market is also an option for the Yankees. They could find solutions to all of their current needs with the Oakland Athletics, who are shopping first baseman Matt Olson and could also deal pitchers Chris Bassitt, Frankie Montas, and Sean Manaea, plus outfielder Ramon Laureano.

In any case, the feeling around the industry is that the Yankees will make a big move 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 MLB.com 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.

 

Yankee News: What does Correa’s switch to Scott Boras mean for the Yankees?

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The New York Yankees remained relatively silent during postseason 1.0 while watching other teams substantially improve their teams. Before the MLB imposed a lockout, Corey Seager and Marcus Semien were scooped up by the Texas Rangers, Javier Baez went to the Detroit Tigers. Pitchers Robbie Ray went to the Mariners, and Kevin Gausman joined his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Those moves and a few others left just the number one free agent Carlos Correa as the only prize left before the lockout. The New York Yankees have often been mentioned as a target to fill their open position at shortstop. With the lockout, they haven’t even been able to talk to him or his agent. Now, Correa has made his own move, switching agents to the big-name agent Scott Boras. The move may affect how the Yankees deal with Correa.

Boras managed to get a huge ten-year $325 million contract for Corey Seager, beating MLB analysts’ projections of $305 million. You can be sure Boras will be looking for a similar amount for Correa, if not more. Now, the question is if the Yankees will be willing to come even close to that kind of commitment. Boras and the Yankees have worked together successfully, most recently making Gerrit Cole a Yankee for $324 million. Boras is the premier baseball agent signing some of baseball’s biggest stars. Bryce Harper’s $330 million contract with the Phillies was one notable signing.

There is little question that the Yankees would like to sign the arguably best shortstop in the business, but they will have to work through issues. The number one issue is to decide if they will sign Correa or another big name to the position or hold out hiring a stopgap shortstop while waiting for shortstops Oswald Peraza and number one prospect Anthony Volpe mature to the major league level.

Another big consideration is if the Yankees will be willing to add another massive contract to the team. They already have mega contracts with Giancarlo Stanton and Gerrit Cole. In addition, superstar Aaron Judge is waiting in the wings for a huge contract extension with the Yankees. Aaron Judge will undoubtedly be part of the decision as he becomes a free agent at the end of this season.

What Correa’s hiring of the Boras Corporation to get him the best deal there is out there means to the Yankees is anyone’s guess, but you can be sure he will be looking for a mega-contract that the Yankees may not be willing to accept. The Yankees, in addition to shortstop, also need a number two type starting pitcher to replace Corey Kluber, who is now with the Tampa Bay Rays. They also have to decide if they will keep Luke Voit at first base, or rehire Anthony Rizzo or maybe even Matt Olson.

Back in November, I put a poll on several Facebook Yankees groups asking who Yankee fans would want for their new shortstop replacing Gleyber Torres. They put Carlos Correa as their number two choice at 26% of the vote behind the 51% vote for Corey Seager. Of course, what the fans and the Yankees want could be very different. Most voters considered Correa’s tarnished reputation as being part of the Astro’s cheating scandal during the 2017 campaign.

The 7.2 WAR shortstop was offered $160 million over six years by the Houston Astros, according to Mark Berman of FOX26. Correa rejected that. It is not likely that the Houston Astros will up that offer as they already can move Alex Bregman to shortstop and acquire a third baseman which would be far more cost-effective.

As the sweepstakes for Correa continued, it looked as though the Detroit Tigers would be the likely landing place for Correa as he would link back to his old manager A J Hinch the Tiger’s new Tiger manager. That scenario looked hot for a while, with MLB.com, MLBrumors.com, the New York Post, and the Athletic all predicting that Correa would sign with the Tigers. The Tigers It was suggested that $300 million would get the deal done—something the Tigers could absorb if the contract were end-loaded. Nothing came of that to date.

Now, with Scott Boras as his agent, Boras will look for a similar contract that he got for Seager when the lockout is over. One thing is for sure, once the owners and players can come to an agreement (if they can), several teams will be looking to sign Correa. The saga will continue at some point before the season starts.