The New York Yankees have been quiet this offseason, and that needs to change now if the Bombers want to keep up with the rest of the league.
The theme for a large part of this offseason has been how slow it’s gone. All of the major free-agents are still on the market waiting to be claimed, and the trade market has been relatively quiet, too, but certainly not recently. Just as of a few weeks ago, the offseason has been picking up steam, and the stove is finally hot. That being said, the Yankees still have yet to make any sort of major noise, and as teams around them prep for a World Series run, it’s time the Bombers follow suit.
Yankees Miss out on Snell, Darvish
When we heard rumors that Blake Snell and Yu Darvish were on the trade block, no one really bought into the buzz. Not because we didn’t believe the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs were listening to offers on their aces, but coming off a postseason appearance for both clubs (with Tampa making it all the way to the Fall Classic), not many expected the clubs to pull the trigger on such a team-altering deal.
But fast forward to 2021 and the San Diego Padres have acquired both Snell and Darvish from their respective clubs. The Yankees are in desperate need of starting pitching, as the season is projected to open with Gerrit Cole manning the role of ace and then the likes of Jordan Montgomery, Clarke Schmidt, Deivi Garcia, and maybe even Domingo German will fill out of the rest of the rotation until Luis Severino returns from Tommy John Surgery.
Now, I’ll even admit that it’s foolish to think the Yanks could’ve acquired Snell. Between the rivalry the two teams have, I don’t see a scenario where the Yankees get the Rays’ biggest name unless they were to extremely overpay. Darvish, however, was far more attainable. With the Cubs looking to dump a heavy contract, all the Yankees needed to do was pay a majority of the salary. On top of that, a decent – but not a top – prospect or two could’ve gotten the job done.
Lindor not Coming to the Bronx
It was a relatively quiet offseason for the New York Mets, too. Keyword: was. Last week, the Mets swung a trade for one of the top shortstops in the game in Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. New York surrendered Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, and others.
The Yankees had an interest in Lindor, but apparently, they were far more focused on re-signing DJ LeMahieu – something the team still has yet to accomplish. As good as LeMahieu is, Lindor would’ve been an upgrade over Gleyber Torres at shortstop defensively, allowing Torres to move back to second base and letting LeMahieu walk. Yes, LeMahieu has been very good for the Yankees, but Lindor is better. As for Carrasco, the same applies to him in terms of the Yankees’ need for starting pitching. I feel he could’ve been attained for a relatively easy price.
The Yankees are taking their time this offseason, but that isn’t looking like the best strategy as of now. It’s time for the Bombers to get to work before it’s too late.