The New York Yankees have taken a more cautious approach to spending over the past few years. While this has frustrated some fans, it has also allowed the team to build one of the strongest minor league systems in the league. With lots of payroll flexibility this off-season, the Yankees were able to appease their fans without destroying the plan for the future. These are the four biggest new stories involving the New York Yankees this offseason.
Reacquired Aroldis Chapman
The Yankees sent Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline this year knowing that there was a very good chance they could sign him in the offseason. The Yankees knew they had no chance at making the playoff, so they wanted to get something to help in the future. Landing prized prospect Gleyber Torres and three other players for a three-month rental of Chapman will go down as one of the best trades in recent history. They may have slightly overpaid for Chapman, but the team’s plan worked out perfectly.
Signed Matt Holliday
The loss of Carlos Beltran left a big hole at the designated hitter position for the Yankees, and they did not waste much time filling the open spot in the lineup with Matt Holliday. While Holliday’s offensive skills have slightly decline in recent years, he was still able to hit 20 home runs in limited playing time with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016. Hitting in a better environment and avoiding the field on a regular basis should help Matt Holliday put up even better numbers for the Yankees in the upcoming season. He also provides the team with a backup plan at first base if Greg Bird struggles or gets injured. When you took a look at all of the money that was spent this offseason, the upside of Holliday is a bargain at $13 million.
Brian McCann to the Houston Astros
The emergence of Gary Sanchez made Brian McCann very expendable for the Yankees. Most of McCann’s value came from playing the catcher position, so they were not willing to keep him on the roster as the team’s primary designated hitter. The trade of McCann allowed the Yankees to acquire two great prospects and save approximately $11.5 million. That is not a bad haul for a player that was not going to see the field much during the 2017 season. The money saved in the trade also made it easier for the Yankees to sign Aroldis Chapman and Matt Holliday.
Will They Trade for Jose Quintana?
While the New York Yankees were able to improve the lineup and bullpen this offseason, their starting rotation is still a complete mess. The front office has stated that they have no more money to spend, so they will have to look to trade for a starting pitcher if they want to improve the rotation before spring training. The best pitcher on the trade market at the moment is Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox, and the Yankees are reportedly extremely interest in acquiring him. While the Yankees certainly have the prospects to match the asking price of the White Sox, they have been very hesitant to part ways with some of their top minor leaguers.