Despite ridicule from many among the fanbase, the Yankees offseason so far could be considered as successful in many different ways.
After another loss in the ALDS, the Yankees looked lost as they were knocked out of the first round and second round in consecutive years without reaching the World Series in either season. Going into this offseason, the Yankees had to address the starting rotation, bullpen, and resign DJ LeMahieu.
As the winter was dragging on, reports kept coming out that he was furious with the Yankee’s offer, and Yankees fans felt more and more pessimistic than the offseason was going to be a disaster as the fear of losing the best hitter on the team was becoming much more likely each day as no signings were happening for the team and no news was coming from any reporters about the resigning of DJ LeMahieu.
Finally, the day came where LeMahieu resigned to a steal of a contract. One of the best hitters in the league signed a six-year, $90 million contract to stay in pinstripes. On the same day, the Yankees brought in former Cy Young Award winner RHP Corey Kluber on a one-year, $11 million deal. In one day, the Yankees brought back their best hitter on a team-friendly deal to avoid going over the luxury tax and strengthened the rotation, and took a chance on a low risk-high reward pitcher who has proven to be good in the past.
After these two signings, the Yankees took a chance on former Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon who is coming off two Tommy John surgeries and it only took four lower minor league prospects to get it done which were RHP Miguel Yajure, RHP Roasnsy Contreras, INF Maikel Escotto, and OF Caanan Smith. The rotation now looks much more improved with these two acquisitions, but health is essential to get the best out of both pitchers who have proven they can pitch in this league.
The Yankees cleared even more cap space when they traded RHP Adam Ottavino and minor leaguer RHP Frank German to the Red Sox for cash to clear his contract from their books. RHP Darren O’Day was signed not too short after to replace Ottavino as a much cheaper option as O’Day signed a one year, $2 million contract with the Yankees.
These have been the moves of the offseason so far for the Yankees who exceeded expectations by not only bringing in their best player but signing him to one of the best contracts in baseball. Then adding two new starting pitchers who are big question marks but have the potential to be the best. Finally, trading one of their relievers to free up cap space and replacing him with a much cheaper option was a smart move to add to the bullpen to make it stronger. There is still time left in the offseason to improve this team before spring training starts and before the season starts, but so far this offseason has been successful so far.