As MLB off-season reaches its peak, trade deals and negotiations are getting underway. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees, who remain in desperate need of roster upgrades, are yet to make a move. So far, only journeyman Jake Bauers has been traded to the Brewers in exchange for two outfield prospects.
Apart from left field, the Yankees also need upgrades in the starting pitching rotation. Only Gerrit Cole and Carlos Rodon will make it to the 2024 season rotation owing to contract complications. The rest of the spaces are empty. Amid the lack of depth, the Bronx Bombers were linked to a veteran Phillies starter. However, a late extension deal foiled the New York-based outfield’s plans.
Aaron Nola Signs Seven-Year Extension Deal With Phillies!
Aaron Nola, a right-handed ace known for his consistency and strikeout ability, was poised to become one of the most coveted free agents in the offseason. The New York Yankees, in need of bolstering their pitching staff, had reportedly identified Nola as a prime target to address their rotation needs. However, the Phillies’ successful negotiation of a contract extension has altered the landscape of the offseason for both teams. As per ESPN, the starter agreed on a seven-year extension deal worth $172 million with Philadelphia Phillies. Not only that, Nola apparently explored other options and met with a few rival teams. Despite being offered a sizeable amount, Nola turned it down to extend his stay in the Phillies.
The surprise extension deal not only keeps Nola in a Phillies uniform but also underscores the team’s commitment to retaining and building around their core talent. For the Yankees, the loss of Aaron Nola represents a significant setback in their offseason plans. The team had been actively seeking to bolster its pitching staff and viewed Nola as a crucial addition to anchor the rotation. The unexpected turn of events will likely force the Yanks to reassess their options and pivot to alternative strategies in addressing their pitching needs. Fortunately, Yoshinobu Yamamoto is getting posted on Monday. Thus, the Bronx Bombers must move swiftly to negotiate a deal before it’s too late. Yamamoto only has a 45-day window to reach an agreement with an MLB team.
Yankees Likely To Opt Out Off Shohei Ohtani Pursuit!
Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani is the talk of the MLB town at the moment. The most sought-after free agent’s market value is soaring after he rejected the Angels’ qualifying offer last week. Having said that, while a lot of ball clubs are gunning for the big man, the New York Yankees could see themselves out. As per Bruce Levine of Cubsinsider.com, the battle to claim Ohtani will come down to the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Apparently, the New York Yankees are not yet willing to take the monetary bait. Instead, the front office is hunting down much cheaper alternatives. Juan Soto and Cody Bellinger remain the top favorites, with Dylan Carlson also deemed a perfect fit. Nevertheless, no player could come close to stepping into Shohei Ohtani’s shoes. Due to financial implications, perhaps the Yanks would have to settle for less this time around.