A Glorious Day for the New York Yankees
Today is January 16, 2021. MLB Free Agency started about two months ago. Until today, the New York Yankees have done absolutely nothing. But that’s not the Yankees way. The Yankees way is to shock everyone in one fell swoop, and that’s exactly what they did. They resigned DJ LeMahieu and signed Corey Kluber. In the same day!
Obviously, this doesn’t do well for my stress levels, but it makes me super happy that the Yankees addressed the two biggest concerns of the offseason: Resigning LeMahieu and improving the starting rotation. What’s even better is that the Yankees were able to do it without overspending.
To retain LeMahieu, they agreed to a 6-year, $90 million contract. With an average annual value of just $15 million, it gives the Yankees added flexibility to sign other players like Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres to contract extensions in the future. As for Kluber, the Yankees signed him to a 1 year, $11 million contract. For a pitcher who’s suffered through the last couple of years with a plethora of injuries, this one year contract carries zero risk, while also indicating that he’s a valuable piece of the puzzle.
Needless to say, I’m excited about what the 2021 MLB season holds, and I think the Yankees will do extremely well. It just helps a lot that they’ve taken care of the two biggest issues they had on the table.