The New York Yankees remain one of the teams to watch once the MLB lockout ends.
They made essentially no improvements to their roster, even though they have no shortstop and could use improvements in the outfield, first base, and starting pitching.
That’s why fans, and media, are expecting them to make a big move or two after the lockout.
Because of their current shortstop need, they are widely expected to pursue Carlos Correa.
Fans are certainly expecting a deal soon after the lockout ends.
“Step 1: MLB & MLBPA agree to CBA today. Step 2: Yankees sign Carlos Correa,” Mike Salvatore tweeted.
Step 1: MLB & MLBPA agree to CBA today
Step 2: Yankees sign Carlos Correa
— Mike Salvatore (@MikeSalvatore10) March 9, 2022
Correa to the Yankees makes too much sense, but there are several things to consider.
The Yankees Will Have Competition For Correa
First, there will be other suitors: the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres need or could use an impact infielder.
Second, Correa comes with a hefty price tag: he is said to be seeking at least $300 million, and he will surely want to earn more than Corey Seager for the unofficial title of highest paid shortstop in the market.
As a reminder, Seager got $325 million from the Texas Rangers.
The Yankees need both a shortstop and to make a statement: signing Correa would check both boxes.
Correa, on the field, is a gigantic upgrade over Gleyber Torres, especially on defense: he won both the Gold Glove and the Platinum Glove in 2021.
At the plate, he was also very good: he slashed .279/.366/.485 with 26 home runs, 104 runs, and 92 RBI in 148 games.
Yes, he will be expensive, but most Yankees fans are sold on the idea of bringing Correa to the Bronx, despite his past as a member of the Houston Astros and his involvement in the 2017 sign-stealing scandal.