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Yankees Free Agent Target: Trevor Story

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I’m just as frustrated as you likely are about the Yankees sitting on the sidelines during this recent free agent frenzy. Nearly all of the top shortstops are now off the board, with Corey Seager and Marcus Semien going to Texas and Javier Báez off to Detroit. The top starting pitchers are gone too. And yet, there are still two big name shortstops out there for the Yankees to grab: Carlos Correa and the subject of today’s post, Trevor Story.

Now, am I confident that the Yankees actually play at the top of the market for Story (or Correa)? Not very at the moment. In spite of Brian Cashman telegraphing the team’s intent to spend and address the shortstop position, reports have now trickled out over the last couple of weeks that the Yankees are more likely to go the stopgap route. I hope that’s not true given Correa and Story’s availability. Nonetheless, I’m having a hard time giving the Yankees the benefit of the doubt given recent seasons’ behavior.

Still, until the ink dries on a new contract, the Yankees are not necessarily out on Story. We already know there’s interest in the shortstop — the team wanted to trade for him at the deadline and Jaime profiled him then — but the Rockies tripped all over themselves instead. Colorado will get some compensation once he signs elsewhere because Story rejected the qualifying offer, but perhaps a deadline deal would have suited them better. Anyway, that time has come and gone, so let’s turn to Story’s free agency outlook.

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Yankees Free Agent Target: Robbie Ray

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If there’s one constant for every team, every offseason, it’s that there’s a scramble for elite pitching.  Every team needs it, too few teams have it, and even if a team does have it, you always want more.

The Yankees’ pitching was pretty decent in 2021, featuring Cy Young runner up Gerrit Cole having an overall excellent season, a surprisingly great bullpen, and unexpected performances from the likes of Nestor Cortes, Jr., but they would be wise not to sit on their heels going into 2022.  Robbie Ray, near-unanimous Cy Young winner in 2021, is set to be one of the hottest free agents on the market this offseason, and the Yankees will be one of many teams taking a hard look.

Yankees Free Agent Target: Starling Marte

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While shortstop should be the Yankees’ top priority this offseason, center field is an important position to address as well. Aaron Hicks, who the Yankees signed to a long-term extension a few years ago, has been unable to remain on the field due to a myriad of injuries. Yes, he’s currently healthy and headed to winter ball, but the Bombers could use some insurance, or someone who can bump Hicks into a fourth outfielder role. That’s where Starling Marte comes in.

The Yankees have been connected to Marte on multiple occasions over the years. Once again, the team is in on him now that he’s a free agent. Here’s what you need to know about Marte and his potential fit in New York:

Yankees Free Agent Target: Corey Seager

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The hot stove has really warmed up over the last week or so. There were rumors that some free agents would sign new deals ahead of the expiration of the CBA on December 1st, and that has indeed been the case. Eduardo Rodríguez, Noah Syndergaard, and Justin Verlander are already off the market. Corey Seager, the subject of today’s free agent target profile, could sign before the end of November too.

Scott Boras represents Seager and it’s unusual for Boras clients to sign early in the offseason. We’ve seen the players he reps wait until late January to put pen to paper, but perhaps this year will be an exception because of the potential lockout. Either way, Seager, who turns 28 in April, is in for a massive contract as one of the game’s best shortstops. The Yankees have been connected to him, so let’s dive in.

Yankees re-sign Joely Rodríguez

While you may have been getting ready for bed, the Yankees announced the team’s first free agent signing of the offseason. The team brought back lefty reliever Joely Rodríguez just a few days after declining his $3 million option for the 2022 season. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million. Note that the $500,000 buyout was the Rangers’ responsibility.

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