1. Carlos Correa
All offseason, we maintained the Yankees would never sign Carlos Correa. They refused to go 10 years and $325 million for Corey Seager, so why would they beat that offer for Correa, right? Cheatin’ Correa? $350 million with Anthony Volpe on Line 1? Folks … it just doesn’t add up.
Then, uh, Correa signed in Minnesota for three years and $105 million, and he also baked in opt-outs for the end of Year 1 and Year 2. If Correa stays healthy and dominates in 2022, you can 1,000% guarantee he’ll be testing the market again next offseason to help get Scott Boras a chunkier cut.
Could you … imagine a better scenario for the Yanks’ front office? If Volpe and Oswald Peraza prove themselves this season and knock on the door in 2023, Correa will be as good as gone. If he’s injured and trending downward, the worst-case scenario is he’s on the books for three seasons — otherwise known as one more than Josh Donaldson.
Oh, right! The Yankees cleared the path for Minnesota to negotiate a deal that was tailor-made for their exact roster needs.
Forget the finesse factor for one second. The fact that the Yankees lucked into Correa being willing to accept a deal that fit their parameters perfectly, only for them to somehow have never gone beyond due diligence on a possible contract is the most outrageous development of the offseason. He might as well have called Brian Cashman personally, looped in Derek Jeter, apologized for cheating, and offered to pay the Yankees for the privilege of joining the roster.
Nope. Like Trevor Story against high velocity outside of Colorado, swing and a miss.