The Yankees have reached the offseason many believed would see them make monumental moves that push them back to the head of the pack in the American League as they aim for a 28th World Series title.
Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out.
Corbin visits Yankee Stadium
After Patrick Corbin met with the Yankees Thursday, SNY's Andy Martino reported that New York is still quite interested in the 29-year-old left-hander, but it is also weighing the option of signing fellow southpaw J.A. Happ at a shorter term.
MY TAKE >> The Yankees will have to determine if they are willing to extend Corbin's contract through a sixth year, bringing him into his age-34 season or sign Happ to a two-year pact. Keep in mind, Happ will pitch 2019 at 36 years old, so this is not exactly like the Yanks would be signing a younger player on a shorter term. Happ has as much potential for breakdown in the first season of a deal as Corbin might in the fifth or sixth year of his. The Yankees will likely debate whether they believe Corbin's production in his first two or three seasons of a contract will help lead the club to a championship or if they'll receive similar results from a less expensive option like Happ. The Yankees are in win-now mode (yeah, yeah, they always are, but it's realistic now), so in my opinion, Corbin helps put the Yankees over the top where Happ might simply keep them in the hunt.
Yankees showing interest in Marlins catcher Realmuto
The Yankees are among several clubs to express some level of interest in All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported Thursday. Heyman notes that the Yankees are not keen on adding prospects to a deal that would include current backstop Gary Sanchez.
MY TAKE >> This seems like one of those circumstances in which the Yankees are simply conducting due diligence on a player (as they typically do) or has more to do with the Marlins prodding New York to gauge whether Sanchez is available in a trade. For as good as Sanchez has been for the Yankees, Realmuto, who has two fewer years of control than Sanchez, would constitute an upgrade as far as offensive consistency, so the Yanks maintaining a level of interest is reasonable. On the flip side, Realmuto is not exactly a glowing defensive catcher per metrics, and defense is the biggest question mark with Sanchez. Due to Sanchez's offensive upside, it is rational the Yankees believe that he should provide significant value to the Marlins. Adding top prospects to a package might be viewed as debilitating in a way that it makes more sense to hope that Sanchez turns things around from a very lackluster 2018 season than it does to trade him for Realmuto. I'm not certain a deal needs to be made here.