Could the New York Yankees and Cubs make a big deal this offseason?

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Many in baseball have been anxious about this unique offseason. There are so many things up in the air and the New York Yankees have been quiet so far which has fans guessing on what the bombers are doing at the moment.

From all indications, the Yankees are focused on resigning DJ LeMahieu. I was tipped off recently that the two sides were progressing towards a reunion, however, it’s still fluid with plenty of other bidders in the race.

The Yankees view DJ LeMahieu as the key to their offseason. If they resign LeMahieu, they have a general idea on where they want to go. You also have to imagine that they have a backup plan if they can’t bring him back.

There have been a lot of rumors out there regarding the Yankees and their interest on the trade market. One of the names that has been thrown around is the Indians’ All-Star shortstop, Francisco Lindor. 

There has been talked that the team has kicked the tires on a few other fronts. However, there’s one team that I’m thinking of that hasn’t been mentioned a ton with the Yankees as of yet. That team is the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs looking to sell?

The Cubs are going through a transition at the moment. Theo Epstein just stepped down and Jed Hoyer has taken over the team. There has also been talk that the Cubs are going to look to potentially be sellers this offseason.

They have a number of pieces to potentially trade including: Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Wilson Contreras, Kyle Hendricks, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber. At this point, Bryant and Schwarber seem to be the most likely to move, although all could be on the table.

The Yankees and the Cubs have history when it comes to big deals. The Yankees traded away Aroldis Chapman a few years ago to the Cubs which netted them Gleyber Torres. One of the better moves Cashman has made during his time as GM in my opinion.

Who could the Yankees target?

If the Yankees are interested, who should they call about? To me, the two most obvious choices would be Kyle Hendricks and Wilson Contreras. Hendricks is one of the more reliable starters in the NL while Contreras is one of the best catchers in baseball.

Both of those spots are obvious areas of weakness for the Yankees currently. We’ve seen and heard about the Yankees current dilemma with Gary Sanchez. They are still trying to decide what to do with him at the moment.

Another option could be Javier Baez. The former NL MVP runner-up is scheduled to become a free agent after next season just like Lindor. If the Yankees don’t land LeMahieu, perhaps they could work out a deal for Baez as their SS for the future.

There are a lot of possibilities and again, a lot will be driven by what happens with DJ LeMahieu. There’s no real smoke between the clubs right now, but don’t be shocked if you hear about the Yankees and Cubs chatting at some point this offseason.

New York Yankees: Three Must See Regular Season Series

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The New York Yankees play plenty of tough regular season series against challenging teams, but there are some that you just don’t want to miss. Here are three to circle on your calendar:

April 2-5: Toronto Blue Jays

This series is the first home series for the Yankees. They play on the 2nd, 4th, and the 5th at 1pm. The 3rd is the rainout date for the 2nd. Fans will have their first opportunity to see new players for the first time. Assuming that Gerrit Cole pitches on opening day, he will be in line to pitch the final game against the Blue Jays or the first game against the Orioles (the 6th).

Fans will also have an opportunity to see some great young talent on the Blue Jays. Though they kill the Yankees, guys like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio are very fun to watch.

June 26-28: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs come to town early in the year with a new manager (David Ross) and just the fact that they are in the NL. You only have an opportunity to see an NL Central team at home every six years, so take advantage of it. They will be towards the top of the National League again.

Kris Bryant, Javy Baez, and Anthony Rizzo are also fun players to watch, and it should be a really fun series.

September 21-24: Houston Astros

The Astros come to town at the end of the season, and this should be the most entertaining series of the year. Not just that both teams are stacked, but Gerrit Cole faces his old team and it will be the first time that the Yankees are facing them at home since the cheating scandal.

It’s gonna be sold out at the Stadium, and fans aren’t going to let the Astros hear the end of it. Should be highly entertaining.

I didn’t put any of the Red Sox series down because they faceoff 19 times per year. No series will be astronomically different from the usual rivalry antics.