Snell still top target for Yankees, price tag be damned
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The New York Yankees may have seemingly concluded their offseason quest to fortify the starting rotation, but rumors persist of a potential surprising move in the works. While the Yankees are currently hesitant to make any further additions unless the rumored asking prices decrease, there remains speculation that they might yet make a splash.
Yankees still frontrunners
At the center of the swirling rumors is the 2023 National League Cy Young Award winner, Blake Snell, who stands as the top free agent option available to bolster the starting rotation. Despite the Yankees having previously extended a contract offer to Snell, no concrete agreement has materialized thus far.
The prospect of a move still looms on the horizon, contingent upon Snell’s asking price aligning with New York’s comfort level. Kerry Miller of Bleacher Report has identified the Yankees as the fifth most likely landing spot for Snell, acknowledging their financial commitment to pitcher Marcus Stroman and the potential for the Yankees to make a substantial offer to Snell.
“The only money they’ve spent since making that $300 million offer to (Yoshinobu Yamamoto) was the $37 million they gave to (Marcus Stroman),” noted Miller. “So, why couldn’t they go for broke and sign Snell? They did make him an offer shortly before signing Stroman and were reportedly nowhere close to meeting Snell’s demands. But maybe his demands will go down as spring training approaches. Or perhaps New York’s willingness to spend on Snell will increase as it remembers just how disappointing the non-Gerrit Cole portion of the rotation was in 2023.”
While the likelihood of such a move remains uncertain, the Yankees’ potential interest in Snell serves as a reminder that unexpected developments are not unprecedented in the world of baseball offseason dealings. The Yankees, known for their financial prowess, may be inclined to reconsider their stance if the circumstances, particularly Snell’s asking price, evolve in a manner conducive to their preferences.
As the offseason narrative continues to unfold, the Yankees’ position in the pursuit of Snell remains one of intrigue and speculation. The team’s readiness to make a significant move hinges on a delicate balance of financial considerations and the overall performance and composition of their starting rotation. While the odds of a deal may currently seem remote, the dynamic nature of the baseball offseason suggests that surprises are always a possibility, leaving fans and analysts alike eager to see if the Yankees will indeed make another unexpected move to enhance their pitching staff.