LAS VEGAS – The last time MLB held the winter sessions in the Devils workshop, the Yankees landed as leftist with CC Sabathia and were good at discussions with A.J. Burnett led the right-handers to The Bronx for the 2009 season.
These free-lance weapons and the signing of first baseman Mark Teixeira at the end of December helped the Yankees win the World Series for the first time. Since December, the meat market has been opening on Sunday in Mandalay Bay on the world's most famous strip and the Yankees are again looking for pitching fans and redeemers.
And in a city built on backsliding players thriving on temptation, do not ignore the rumors that the Yankees are in contact with Manny Machado free agent infielder. They seem more interested in Machado than in high-priced free agent Bryce Harper ($ 300 million), but when it comes to the Yankees, anything is possible ̵
If the Yankees had been completely shut down by Machado's behavior during the postseason, managing partner Hal Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman would have barred him and they did not. Last week, manager Aaron Boone said it was hard to go to first base, not the only way to judge a player's performance.
"They hope that all the players run, play hard, or give everything all the time, but [that is] Not necessarily the No. 1 thing I look at when I define whether a player gives or does everything Player is or [being in the lineup] and is a guy who grinds when it's difficult behind the scenes, "Boone said." Honestly, it's a bit on the list of what I define, what makes a player Player who plays hard, breaks through adversity and is tough, backstage and has the ability to [be in the lineup] if it's not easy – these are things that make playing a little bit more fun for me. "(19459003)
They are not going to grab a sovereign Sabathia guy, but after Patrick Corbin signed a staggering six-year deal with the Nationals worth $ 140 million, the Yankees have an interest in J.A. Happ, who is aiming for a three year contract, will keep an eye on Yusei Kikuchi, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Lance Lynn.
All are free agents, but this is not the only way the Yankees can take to add a starter to the rotation – consisting of Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and Sabathia. There is a commercial interest for the right-handed Indian, Corey Kluber and possibly Trevor Bauer.
After the closeers Craig Kimbrel and Zach Britton – a place already occupied by Aroldis Chapman in the Yankees bull camp – Adam Ottavino, Andrew Miller, David Robertson and Joe Kelly are the most mentioned names among the helpers to be drawn. Cashman said at an early stage of the process that he wanted to help the pen – Dellin Betances before Chapman and Chad Green have to work for Betances, who will be eligible for a free agency after the 2019 season.
"Obviously we have a number of things to do, which I consider heavy lifting. We have to fill in our club. In general, most things are completed by the end of the winter meetings, which are based on the last two years, "Cashman said before the Nationals Corbin landed, which many believed he signed with the Yankees. "Things have been going on for longer, but for the most part, there's now an impetus for everyone – players, agents and clubs. Hopefully we will be able to improve, but that requires patience. We do not want to make a mistake and accelerate this process. If it takes longer, it will take longer. Optimally, you want to achieve something between now and the end of Vegas.
Three goals for the Yankees
1. Get a starter mug.
J.A. Happ fits over free agency. Corey Kluber would be a big trade takeover.
2. Get some relief.
Zach Britton is purchased as a Closer, and the Yankees have Aroldis Chapman. David Robertson is a free agent and can not guarantee that he will return. So there is a need for helpers to work in front of Dellin Betances and Chapman.
3. Decide what an acceptable return on Sonny Gray.
The entire baseball universe knows that GM Brian Cashman wants to play right-handed, and there will be teams that distract him from a bleak New York experience. 19659015]