The Yankees certainly hope they can re-sign Aaron Judge, but until the AL MVP makes up his mind, the Yankees are considering several other free agents and trade goals. In addition to some of the names already associated with New York in previous reports, John Hyman of the New York Post He writes that the Yankees have checked in on the likes Justin VerlanderAnd the Carlos RodonAnd the Brandon NemoAnd the Cody BellingerAnd the Michael Comfortand their current free agents Jameson Tellon And the Andrew Benintende.
In general, it is very common for the Yankees (or pretty much any team, especially the biggest spenders) to at least reach out to agents early in the offseason in order to gauge interest, or get a feel of the asking prices for any particular player. As such, some of these players may not necessarily be high on the Yankees’ target list, and Heyman notes that some may only be options if Judge signs elsewhere. For example, even though the “Yankees are looking for multiple outfielders,” Heyman doesn’t think the Bronx Bombers will re-sign Judge and also add Nimmo on an expensive contract. Likewise, Yankees not expected to bid at the top of the Shortstop Market, unless the Judge’s departure gives them a new reason to explore Carlos CorreaAnd the Tria Turnerand company.
Where Anthony Rizzo she has It has already been re-signed To solidify the first base position, New York’s offseason plan on the player side seems well-placed – keep the judge, then add a second, less expensive player (Conforto or Bellinger are both potential candidates for one-year contracts). If a chance arises to move a player like Josh DonaldsonAnd the Isiah Keener ValevaOr maybe until Jaliber TorresHowever, the Yankees could pounce, but the presence of Oswaldo CabreraAnd the Oswald PerazaA rookie star who hasn’t debuted yet Anthony Volpe Gives bombers some flexibility in spotting field mixes. DJ Limahieu‘s Toe injuries You will also influence subsequent front office decisions.
If Judge leaves the Bronx, of course, any number of new backup plans could be put in place. However, the judge’s departure may only lead to a steady change in scenarios for the position player, with Heyman writing that “shooting endeavors are said to be”on different paths“”Out of the Yankees’ interest in the players. Although the addition of any standout player naturally has an overall impact on the roster in terms of salary or fancy tax numbers, it stands to reason that the addition of a new pitcher does not necessarily correlate with a judge’s status, since the return of a judge has a greater chain reaction on the lineup as a whole.
Putting a fresh starter into rotation is a cleaner fit, especially if that new addition is an ace like Verlander or Rodon. While the Cy Young Award winner has been a target for the Yankees in the past, Heyman reported that the Yankees’ “level of confidence in [signing] Verlander is down,” so he could also be a Plan B option for the club.
The Yankees may not necessarily be seeking an ace since then Gerrit Cole And the Nestor Curtis already in the barn. Where Louis SeverinoAnd the Frankie MontasAnd the German Domingo They have their share of question marks, adding a trusted starter type like Taillon would help solidify the starting five. Kodai Singa (Another pitcher interest gain from the Bronx) is probably something of a wild card, given how well he made the transition from the NPB to the major leagues is unknown. Senga’s stuff could make him a front arm of spin off the bat, or he might end up being better suited to the middle or behind of the stick bowler.