The New York Yankees fell short of expectations last season and have to make several changes to the roster in response.
Free agent purchases are evident, of which there will be many by general manager Brian Cashman. Should Carlos Correa or Corey Seager sign for shortstop? What about Justin Verlander, or another veteran starting pitcher to complete the rotation?
Beyond the free agency, however, you can bet Cashman will be on the phone at the Winter Meetings and others will be looking to swap to update the current crop of major league talent.
New York chose to keep Aaron Boone around despite failing to reach the World Series once again in the American League. Watching the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox – two of their biggest rivals – play for the pennant made Cashman and Co. even more salty.
So what should they do about it? Let’s try these crafts for size.
The Yankees should trade for Matt Olson
The Oakland Athletics’ mid-season slump could be accompanied by some timely off-season swaps, including that of Olson, their first baseman. The A has just dropped the manager Bob Melvin walking in San Diego without much of a back-up plan. Matt Chapman and Chris Bassitt are also potentially up for grabs.
So why Olson?
Well, the Yankees need a first base plan. Luke Voit is a decent option when he’s healthy, as is Anthony Rizzo when he was still technically a member of the NYC active roster. Olson won’t be cheap. As have a history of player trading as they become more expensive due to arbitration, and Olson is a classic example of this.
The 2021 All-Star cut .271 / .371 / .540 last season and won two gold gloves in the position. It’s a real upgrade for a Yankees team that needs a lot of them to achieve their ultimate goal.