You can’t spell Brian Cashman without cash. And the New York Yankees general manager may be short on money this winter.
Priority No. 1 for Cashman is to re-sign DJ LeMahieu. The free-agent second baseman could get a deal approaching $100 million. Plus the Yankees already have massive nine-figure contracts on the books for ace Gerrit Cole and slugger Giancarlo Stanton. And don’t forget that right fielder Aaron Judge and shortstop Gleyber Torres will need to be paid in the near future.
On top of that, Cashman has as many as three slots in the starting rotation to fill with Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A. Happ all hitting the open market.
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So it’s very possible that when it comes time to filling out the roster for 2021, Cashman goes shopping in the bargain bin.
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel has some names for the Yankees to keep in mind.
I’d imagine the priorities are LeMahieu, then Tanaka, then (Brett) Gardner. And if there isn’t enough money, there are a ton of starting pitchers who should be cheaper than Tanaka to help New York stay under the budget: Jake Odorizzi, Charlie Morton, Mike Minor, Garrett Richards, Taijuan Walker are among the best of the rest. It’s also worth noting that there’s a wealth of left-handed-hitting second basemen on the market below LeMahieu, which both could lower his ultimate price (I projected his deal at four years, $88 million) or offer alternatives if he goes elsewhere. Those options include Tommy La Stella, Ha-Seong Kim, Jurickson Profar, Brad Miller, Kolten Wong, Cesar Hernandez and Didi Gregorius.
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