Big splashes like these are always fun and exciting to watch from afar. On the surface, this is just another big market team suiting up to contend, but a move this big creates ripples in the league. These ripples could affect the Colorado Rockies in the possibility of trading Trevor Story and/or Nolan Arenado.
Pressure on Yankees to match aggressiveness of Padres and Mets
New York Yankees fans expect a lot of their team. They demand wins, and understandably so when their franchise is valued at an estimated $5 billion dollars. This creates immense pressure on general manager Brian Cashman to make the right moves. This offseason the pressure has been amplified as the team across town makes move after move signaling new owner Steve Cohen’s desire to immediately contend. The San Diego Padres are aggressively rising to the top of the league’s ranks, too. Yankee fans want their team to match their energy.
The Yankees reportedly weren’t all that aggressive in going after Lindor and considered him a plan B in case they were unable to reach a deal with D.J. LeMahieu:
FWIW, last I heard (not long ago), Yankees were never really in on Francisco Lindor, preferring to wait out DJ LeMahieu — as he is/was truly their top priority. Lindor would have been the pivot if DJLM had fallen through, which obviously hasn't happened yet/probably won't.— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) January 7, 2021
The negotiations between LeMahieu and other teams (including the Yankees) is still ongoing but with Lindor now off the table, their options are limited in the event that LeMahieu signs elsewhere. If the Yankees get burned by LeMahieu and other top free agents sign elsewhere while they hassle, Yankee fans may be quick to turn on Cashman. Perhaps then the Yankees could turn their attention to Trevor Story, upping an offer to the Rockies in order to calm the frustration and quell the New York media noise that’s already losing patience.
A move of that caliber could be just what the Yankees need to take the next step their fans so desperately crave. Story could also replace what LeMahieu gave them and improve their infield defense by moving Gleyber Torres to second where he’s better suited.
Blue Jays could go all in on a move after coming up short so many times
If you’ve been keeping up with MLB Trade Rumors, you’ll notice the Toronto Blue Jays are mentioned in the running with nearly all top available talents. While there’s still plenty of potential moves they can make, they’ve swung and missed on elite talent a few times already. They reportedly finished second in the Lindor sweepstakes and failed to get Japanese star pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano to come over.
They’re reportedly still in pursuit of stars like Trevor Bauer, George Springer, D.J. LeMahieu and Liam Hendriks. While it’s clear they want to improve, a couple more whiffs could get them to force the issue on a trade for Kris Bryant, Trevor Story or Nolan Arenado.
Of course there are still a lot of “ifs” and the Rockies have yet to show any sign that they’re ready to actually tear it down this offseason. But there’s no telling that a team with money and in a desperate situation to improve quickly could make the right offer that convinces Jeff Bridich to pull the trigger. As this offseason slowly develops, we’re getting a better sense of the possible teams that could be in on one or both Rockies stars whenever the front office signals what they want to do with them.
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If you’re antsy about our prospect rankings, check out Prospects 1500’s rankings. They break down each player and assign them to one of five tiers. Not surprisingly, the Rockies only have one tier one player (his name rhymes with vaccine).
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