But what happens after? If Judge re-signs, will the Yankees stop spending big to improve their team? If he doesn’t, will the team look to bring in another star or go full bore with their young prospects?
It’s an interesting spot the Yankees are in, and one that will affect their organization for years to come. Whichever way the Yankees decide to go in free agency, they should take a look at the top four shortstops on the market.
Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson and Carlos Correa are all poised to get lucrative deals while immediately improving any team that signs them. And with their infield in a state of flux with prospects ready to break through, the Yankees would definitely benefit from a veteran presence at the position.
But if the Yankees sign one of them, should it be Correa?
Correa has been a fixture for eight years now. Since winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2015 and getting selected to two All-Star Games, Correa has been at or near the top of the list of best shortstops in the game.
With that said, it’ll take a lot of money to bring him to the Bronx and it may be too much for the Yankees.
Correa took a relatively club-friendly deal last offseason when he signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Minnesota Twins. What made it great for Correa was that there was an opt-out after year one, which Correa wound up using. Now, Correa is testing the market again.
Logic dictates he’ll be offered more than the deal he took with Minnesota, especially with teams hoping to lock him in before the other shortstops agree to deals, which could drive up the price of the other shortstops left on the market. But Correa has a lot going for him that could make his deal bigger than the others.
Correa is just 28 years old, younger than the other three shortstops, and has a track record that’s arguably better. While those are “pros,” Correa’s credentials could have him get more money on the market.
If the Yankees re-sign Judge, it’ll be for more than $300 million. Are they willing to add another contract worth close to $200 million? If Judge doesn’t re-sign, then the Yankees could try and fill the void with Correa — and that sort of contract seems more manageable.
So, if the Yankees pull the trigger and bring in Correa with or without Judge, where does…