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As the start of the 2023 MLB season approaches, rumors are swirling about potential moves by various teams. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that it would take a "Juan Soto-type package" for the Pittsburgh Pirates to consider trading All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds, who is under contract until 2026. The Los Angeles Dodgers are rumored to be interested in acquiring Reynolds, due in part to his $6.75 million salary, which would help the team stay under the Competitive Balance Tax threshold. The Dodgers also have a strong farm system that could potentially make them a viable option for the Pirates.
In addition to potential trades, there are still some free agents on the market who could bolster teams' rosters for the upcoming season. One player to watch is Jurickson Profar, a 29-year-old infielder/outfielder who has spent the past three seasons with the San Diego Padres. MLB.com mentions that Profar could be a part of the New York Yankees' plan to strengthen their left field options. Jim Bowden of The Athletic also notes that Profar is a "real possibility" for the Colorado Rockies, who are seeking a left-handed hitter to potentially serve as a leadoff hitter. The switch-hitting Profar could be a good fit for this role on a Rockies team that has been relatively quiet during the offseason.
One Hurdle that The Yankees need to address, if they decide to turn their attention to the free agent market again. Freeing up salary, they would have to do so if they somehow land Reynolds. It has been reported that the team Reynolds lands on, he would like to stay longterm. So keep in mind, Yankees are ready for that kind of investment.
Either move a player like Josh Donaldson, Aaron Hicks. Or get creative in other ways.
The Yankees want to stay below the $293M “Steve Cohen tax” threshold (they are at $290M.)
If they can't land Reynolds, the following targets require salary space to be freed. From Free Agent Market / Trade Market. From Lowest to Highest
Profar (Would Take Hicks Trade $)
Kepler (Would Take Hicks Trade $)
Trout (Would Take Donaldson Trade $)
Have no doubt, The Yankees are not starting The season how their current situation looks. The Yankees desperately need another "big bat." They prefer a LH bat in LF, but that could easily be fixed if they trade away a RH at another position and replace that position with a LH.
Jon Heyman of The NY Post recently had this to say
The Yankees had a successful offseason, retaining key players like Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge and adding Carlos Rodon to their roster. However, they are unlikely to pursue remaining free agent left fielders Jurickson Profar, David Peralta, and Corey Dickerson due to their desire to stay below the $293 million "Steve Cohen tax" threshold. They are currently at $290 million in payroll and are open to giving Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial an opportunity to play. While the Yankees were interested in Andrew Benintendi, their interest was limited to a four-year deal. They also considered Michael Conforto, but ultimately decided not to pursue him due to the $36 million, two-year deal with a player option that he received from the Giants. It is noteworthy that the Giants ended up signing Conforto after questioning Carlos Correa's MRI exam.
This matches the intel NYYNEWS received about a player that could be The "Big Move" whom Michael Kay eluded to on his radio show. There's no way Yankees will not make a move for LF. Hicks, Nor Florial and so on. Are not going to be the Starting LF for The New York Yankees in 2023.
Look I'll say this, word of the possibility of having some dialog with said player and team. Was so big Michael Kay had trouble not showing his excitement. Again, not saying its gonna happen. But it's big and both parties been talking. https://t.co/firmlGktqU
For people panicking over Heymans article, all the Yankees need to do is move either a combo of Donaldson + Hicks or one of em. Which obviously they would of had to do anyways if their LF targets didn't sign elsewhere. So doesn't change anything, Yanks still trading for a LF
Yankees are still in play for every LF target.
The threshold puts the Yankees exactly where they want to be if they "attempt" to reel 🐟 in this player.
We were told, Yankees were having discussions about the said player. They would consider it, if they could get him for 25 or 27 mil a season. This was 4 days ago, you can imagine how far talks have gone.
If the "Big Move" was the play all along, get ready to see more smoke after New Years.
YANKEES ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MOVE DONALDSON OR HICKS.... OR BOTH
The Angels have been busy this off-season, many in the industry believe that the Angels are going to offload big contracts. Either this off-season or at 2023 trade deadline. While now, still assembling a "competitive" team. They have no shot at resigning Ohtani, they might just move him at the deadline. Leaving one out of two of their biggest draws on the team for most of the season.
Ohtani is a unique talent as a top-tier pitcher and hitter, and his signing fills a need in both the starting rotation and the batting order. At just 28 years old and with numerous accolades including an AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger, and two All-Star appearances, he may be in line for the largest contract in baseball history. Jon Heyman of the New York Post spoke to multiple agents who speculated that Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani will earn a contract that exceeds his teammate Mike Trout's 12-year, $426.5 million deal when he becomes a free agent in 2023. One agent even predicted that Ohtani will be given the first $500 million contract in MLB history.
Arte Moreno is said to be having trouble selling The Angels. Rob Manfred even gave him a deadline to get it done. He has already passed that deadline.
Moreno is looking for a record sale of his team, over 2 billion dollars.
The question is WHEN, not if it gets done. The reasoning behind the stalling of The Angels being sold may mean many things. One reason being, they are currently busy discussing a trade or trades.
An MLB front office source (who will remain anonymous) but is a division rival of the Angels, has reported the following new information to NYYNEWS.
"With Moreno selling the
Angels, them having zero shot to resign Ohtani
and the Angles lack of ability to build anything
close to a contender, Trout is quietly trying to force
a trade. He's an East Coast kid that wants to be
closer to home, but he also wants a chance to win.
He has 3 teams he prefers, Phillies,
Yankees and Mets. No one is willing to take that
whole deal on with the back issues and there is a
problem getting insurance to cover the remaining
amount. It's a Stanton type situation and
I was told Trout prefers Philly. For whatever it's
The New York Yankees are on the hunt for a new LF, you can almost cross Bryan Reynolds off the list. As The Pirates are holding teams hostage, the price to get him being high. (At least The Yankees) They want a top of the line pitching prospect, an area where The Yankees are weak.
On Thursday, Cashman was quoted in saying. He got a text from an opposing GM, a trade idea that would have to get approval from (Yankees) ownership. Are The Yankees about to take on money? (I do not believe he was texting with Pirates GM.)
The only other time I remember, Cashman sounding like this. Was in 2017, when The Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton from The Miami Marlins. Might be a coincidence, false alarm. But we'll wait and see. As another LF target is off the board, Michael Conforto.