According to inside sources, the New York Yankees clubhouse is a bit of a mess at the moment, constantly eyeing more trades and upgrades — and for good reason.
When Brian Cashman finally pulled the trigger on a Gary Sánchez trade, including Gio Urshela in the process, it opened the door to movement on any and all pieces of the previous “core”.
But how far, exactly, would the Bombers go? Per Andy Martino, some players walking on egg shells convinced themselves, as they reported to Spring Training, that even Carlos Correa might be walking through that door in a matter of days.
When asked for comment, Hal Steinbrenner openly guffawed, probably.
As Martino puts it, there are some players who, as of Friday, had yet to rule out a Correa signing, as Cashman typically operates in silence while his more publicized targets get connected to other teams.
The author’s own endorsement of the potential move is tepid at best.
"But the Yankees have done extensive background work on Correa, and no one has told me that it’s impossible. It’s not dead in the mind of some players, at least."
Turns out, the Yankees in that clubhouse should have girded themselves for plenty of unrelated moves instead. But they get an A+ for preparedness for sure.
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And then what happened? The Minnesota Twins swooped in and signed Correa overnight on early Saturday morning. It only cost “three years” and “$105.3 million,” but it’s an NFL-style contract with opt-outs after the first two years. It’s all fake, and the Yankees facilitated it by happily absorbing Josh Donaldson’s similar money.
Gio Urshela, Gary Sánchez and Correa, all in the same lineup! Yes! But, wait, not here?! How can that be?!
The Yankees, otherwise known as the Dua Lipa of MLB (according to, uh, me only), have improved their team this offseason, both offensively and defensively — but not nearly as much as they could’ve, given the available upgrades. Instead, they just continue to look at the roster and their very predictable plan and say, “We’re good.”
Freddie Freeman available? We’re good; Anthony Rizzo. Tucker Barnhart on the market? We’re good; Gary Sánchez, then Ben Rortvedt. Correa heading to Minny after considering Orioles money? We’re still good, even as Anthony Volpe works out at second base.
Thus far, the defense has improved, but the offense managed to downgrade from Sánchez behind the plate, which we didn’t even think possible. Meanwhile, the A’s seem to be talking to everyone except the Yankees.
We hate to let the flustered clubhouse down, but they probably don’t need to do much more “preparing” other than saying their goodbyes to Luke Voit and Miguel Andújar.