The New York Yankees have done nothing … and we mean NOTHING … with just hours to go before the MLB lockout. However, some of the latest buzz could save general manager Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner from being run out of town.
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Freddie Freeman is drawing interest from the Bombers as he’s still a free agent. We’re really unsure why the Atlanta Braves have yet to re-sign him, but if Cashman and Co. want to capitalize, now is the time.
Freeman is the undisputed best first baseman in the sport and the Yankees are in desperate need of a lefty bat that boasts power and contact in addition to Gold Glove caliber defense at the position. The only problem here? On top of the Braves still being viewed as Freeman’s top destination, the Los Angeles Dodgers have entered the chat, and they’re looking to make a serious splash after losing Max Scherzer and Corey Seager.
That shouldn’t stop the Yankees, though, especially if they’re not going to spend big on a shortstop. They need an elite player who can play an integral role in leading this team.
Then again … they won’t do it. Their name being mentioned here is a total waste of time. If they’re not going to give a 10-year contract to 27-year-old Corey Seager, or a 10-year contract to 26-year-old Carlos Correa, or a seven-year contract to 31-year-old Marcus Semien … then why are they going to give a six-year contract to 32-year-old Freddie Freeman?
Heyman added that Freeman is seeking a deal in the six-year, $180 million range ($30 million AAV), which would take him through his age-38 season.
The Yankees-Freddie Freeman rumors are sadly a waste of time.
Well, you might think the Yankees’ reasoning would be different here. Freeman is an established veteran with ample pedigree and he’s almost always healthy. That’s a ton of intangible value.
But this all feels like a money issue. The Yankees do not want to spend big this offseason based on the many indicators that have dropped into our laps, and they’re probably hoping Freeman will “sign at their price” or “take a discount to play with the renowned Yankees.”
Sadly, not how it works anymore. Everybody has a price. And when the Yankees opted not to go after Max Scherzer, who was admittedly insanely expensive and didn’t exactly fill an immediate need for them, they made it clear throwing money at their many problems would not be the answer before the 2022 campaign.
Bummer, we know, but what gives you the idea they’ll change course? So many top options have flown off the board without a mere mention of the Yankees. Now a loose link to Freeman suggests Cashman is “operating in silence and waiting to strike”?
Nope, sorry, this isn’t 2009. And if this narrative ends up doing a 180, feel free to “cold take” us. We’ll be happy to take on the insults if our team actively decides to get better.
No Aaron Judge extension. No Luke Voit trade. And we waiting until the buzzer for their tender/non-tender decisions.
This offseason screams “boring” and “run it back.”