This most recent offseason was complicated to say the less. This offseason had a lot of potential because there were a lot of exciting free agents and potential trade targets. The Yankees needed a shortstop, center fielder, starting pitcher, and first baseman. General manager Brian Cashman filled most of those needs but the question did he do it successfully.
There were a ton of great shortstop free agents. These players included Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, and Corey Seager. Last season Gleyber Torres was the Yankee’s starting shortstop and went poorly. He was not good defensively and because of that he also struggled at the plate. The Yankees opted to go with a stopgap shortstop.
The Yankees traded for Isiah Kiner-Falefa or IKF. IKF is considered to be a great defender. He won a gold glove at third base in 2020 with the Texas Rangers. I like IKF but most fans were hoping that since the free-agent shortstop market was flushed with talent, they acquire one of those great talents. The Yankees choose a stopgap shortstop because the front office has confidence in the prospect, Anthony Volpe.
The Yankees have not done a lot in that area. They resigned Tim Locastro. Locastro is super fast and plays solid defense. The Yankees still have a large contract with Aaron Hicks and hope he stays healthy to play center field this year.
The Yankees were looking to get a lefty first baseman. Freddie Freeman was on the free-agent market and the Yankees were interested in him. Though Freeman seemed to be out of the Yankee’s price range. Another option was Matt Olson. Olson would have been great, but the Yankees would have to make an insane trade package that would have included Anthony Volpe. Instead, the Yankees resigned Anthony Rizzo. I like Rizzo but it would have been nice to acquire either Freddie Freeman or Matt Olson.
The Yankees have made no moves to acquire a starting pitcher. That is disappointing because the Yankees rotation has a lot of question marks. First Luis Severino barely pitched last season and could he be healthy. Second will Jameson Taillon has to prove his successful second half. Lastly, can Nestor Cortes Jr. still fool hitters?
Josh Donaldson also got traded to the Yankees through Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela were traded. Donaldson is 36 years old but a proven veteran. He still had a solid season with the Twins last year. He has proven to be a good enough glove at third base and has still some power in his bat. Donaldson hopefully can be a standout move made by Brian Cashman.
In my opinion, Brian Cashman had a disappointing offseason. I think the team improved but slightly. He was such a great free-agent market of shortstops and he did not acquire one of them. Hopefully, Anthony Volpe is the real deal because this could be a huge missed opportunity. Fans will quickly find out if Cashman made enough moves on April 7th.