NY Yankees Free Agency Trading Options Ahead of 2022 Season

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Major League Baseball‘s lockout ended Thursday afternoon, a frenetic transaction period began Thursday night, and the Yankees weren’t exactly thundering out of the gate.

And just in the first unfrozen 72 hours, a few potential pinstripe options came off the board.

Versatile infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa was traded from Texas to Minnesota on Saturday, and left starter Carlos Rodon reportedly agreed to a two-year, $44 million deal with San Francisco.

After an inactive pre-lockout period by the Yankees front office, there is still work to be done before the April 7 season opener.

On the eve of Sunday’s Yankees report on an abbreviated spring practice session in Tampa, Fla., they have a gaping hole at the shortstop and need a quality left-handed first baseman.

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Finding another frontline starter and getting outfield insurance were also on Americans’ winter wish list, and spring is just around the corner.

The shortstop dilemma

Cameron Maybin, recently hired by YES Network as a Yankees TV shows analyst, offered enthusiastic support for Carlos Correa’s signing to the Bronx.

“If anyone can handle the extra weight that the pinstripes carry, it’s Correa,” the former major league outfield player posted on his Twitter account on Friday. “He really is built for the biggest stage, and what a bigger stage than the boogie-down baby!”

Maybin was briefly a teammate with Correa on the 2017 Astros World Champion, whose title was disputed due to the discovery of an electronic tag stealing system.

Any remaining Yankees anger over Correa’s participation would quickly melt away with his arrival. But the Yanks have shown no inclination to add a 10-year free agent worth over $300 million, with similar signings like Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton and a huge extension from Aaron Judge.

With top prospects Anthon Volpe and Oswald Peraza on the horizon, the idea of ​​a stopgap has taken root at shortstop.

The idea of ​​free agent Trevor Story rebooting his market with a short-term deal has a few merits.

Veteran defensive genius Andrelton Simmons reportedly agreed a one-year deal with the Cubs, but the capable Jose Iglesias remains a free agent.

Who’s First?

For months it has looked like the Yankees have pulled away from Luke Voit.

But the right-handed hitter still sits at the top of their depth chart at first base, despite remaining a prime trade contender – albeit one that has declined in value since the 2020 season.

Free agent Anthony Rizzo’s brief presence last summer gave the Yanks an idea of ​​what they needed in the position; a hard-hitting left hitter and a skilled defender.

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Oakland’s Matt Olson should continue to be the Yanks’ number one trade target until all options are exhausted.

But if Olson’s price tag stays too high, and if Freddie Freeman jumps to the Dodgers or regroups with the Braves, a reunion with Rizzo makes sense.

outfield options

Aaron Hicks, 32, is contracted until 2025 and has undergone major wrist surgery.

He’s the opening-day midfielder but that worrying injury history complicates matters. And this market is more stocked with corner box options.

Unless the Yankees consider moving Joey Gallo, there doesn’t seem to be an immediate match with free agents like Michael Conforto, Joc Pederson, Kyle Schwarber and 27-year-old Nippon Professional League star Seiya Suzuki.

If Olson is unavailable, would the Yanks turn to make an impact trade for Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds?

Add to rotation

Speaking of Oakland, the athletics is being inundated with requests for starting pitchers Sean Manaea, Frankie Montas and Chris Bassitt, and the Yanks and Mets should be very interested.

Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle could be on the move and trading options for both clubs appear better than what’s left in free hands.

Pete Caldera is the Yankees’ beat writer for NorthJersey.com. Sign up today and download our app for unlimited access to all Yankees analysis, news, trades and more.

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