Yankees: 3 A’s stars NYY should swipe in trade this offseason
1. Matt Olson
Anthony Rizzo’s on line one? Got it. “Hey, Anthony? Great to talk to you. So great. So, so great. Listen, we want you back. Just … give us a few weeks to see if we can get Matt Olson first. You understand, right? Of course you understand. You’re good, he’s better. OK, keep in touch.”
Does this argument even merit any additional ink being spilled? Olson is a durable, lefty-swinging sterling first baseman who turns 28 in about 100 days and would be under contract through 2023 — oh, and he just destroyed 39 bombs and posted a 153 OPS+ in the cavernous carpet-covered cement Coliseum in Oakland. Imagine that exact same swing in the Bronx 81 times per year? We rest our case.
And, remember: he will not be that expensive. It’ll take young players/prospects who are under contract for quite a while, and Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres probably won’t be part of any of these balancing acts, but still, the Yankees can make it happen. Pretending the Bombers will have to pay through the nose is a fun exercise if you don’t think about the team on the other end of the scales. They just handed the manager away to a supposed contender. This won’t be simple, but it’ll cost less than the packages we envisioned back in September.
Oswald Peraza probably has to be involved. Maybe Oswaldo Cabrera. Luis Medina. But then, that might be it? Add one or two low-level lottery tickets, and you just might have yourself a high-upside package.
We’re not saying the Yankees will do any of this. We’re just saying they’d be foolish to ignore the now-more-obvious possibility.