The New York Yankees seem to be delivering on their promises to make a run for the top players on the free-agent market this offseason. And they are starting with the shortstop position.
In a chat with reporters on Thursday, the Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman revealed that the team already had talks with the best available free agent shortstops. The list of names includes 2020 World Series MVP Corey Seager and All-Stars Trevor Story, and Carlos Correa.
According to Cashman, the team is “casting a wide net and having conversations” that would lead to improving the team ahead of the 2022 MLB season.
“So, we’re going to have to come up with a better version than what we ended with. That’s the job,” Cashman said. “We’re trying to assess really what our realistic options are, and so time will tell how that plays out, but I have talked to all of them, yes.”
The New York Yankees are in a rough spot on shortstop ever since losing Didi Gregorius in free agency in 2019. The team tried to patch up the position with All-Star second baseman Gleyber Torres, but the move didn’t pan out, and they dropped the experiment midway through the 2021 season.
The Yankees finished third in the AL East in 2021 but still managed to get to the playoffs thanks to a 92-70 record. They were handed an early postseason exit after losing 1-3 to the Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card game.