10 players Yankees could target in free agency and trade when MLB lockout ends

Much like their fans, the Yankees are probably itching for the MLB lockout to end so they can make moves and complete their roster. 

GM Brian Cashman was ultra conservative before the lockout came to be. No free agency moves of significance were made, leaving the Yanks to now wait until the offseason is allowed to resume to add who they want. 

And the Yanks are expected to take advantage of a “unique market,” as SNY’s Andy Martino recently pointed out. 

“When the lockout ends, free agents will be in a mad dash to settle on a team, and clubs looking to offload players will need to make trades in a hurry,” Martino wrote. 

Because of that, New York could be very active. But just who will they go after? They already have a top three payroll in the league thanks to contracts like Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton on the payroll. How far is Cashman willing to exceed the luxury tax? 

Here’s 10 players the Yankees could target:

 

Freddie Freeman

Before the lockout, the Yanks had interest but it was assumed that Freeman would figure out a deal with the Atlanta Braves and return to the team that he just won a World Series with. 

But the lockout came and a deal didn’t. So in this time of limbo, the Yanks could find themselves as a team that could persuade Freeman to come to New York. 

Arguably the best in the game at the position, it would be a tremendous upgrade from the current first baseman, Luke Voit. But what kind of contract is Freeman looking for? He’s going to have suitors that might have better payroll situations than New York. 

 

Matt Olson

This would be the big trade of the offseason if the Yanks are able to pull it off. 

Olson has long been someone connected to the Bombers, as the Oakland A’s are likely looking at a rebuild. Martino pointed out the Yankees were adamant that Anthony Volpe, their top prospect, won’t be a part of any deal. 

However, like we mentioned, the A’s might drop their asking price if they really want to move Olson before the start of the 2022 campaign. 

 

Carlos Correa

This is the big fish many fans want, but we’ll what Correa will be asking for when the lockout ends. 

If it’s anything close to what Corey Seager and Marcus Semien got, forget about it — unless they really want to blow way past the luxury tax. Aaron Judge still needs an extension and that may put a dent on payroll if it’s done before or during the season.

Author: Lucy Green