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Brian Cashman tell why Yankees passed on Carlos Correa and every other big-money FA shortstop

NJ.com logo NJ.com 3/21/2022 Randy Miller, nj.com

TAMPA Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his staff talked among themselves and with player agents. before, during and after the lockout.

The Yanks lost out on three of the stars in the free agent market last November when Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Javier Baez all signed, then they missed on the two other biggies last weekend when Carlos Correa signed with the Twins and Trevor Story picked the Red Sox.

In the end, the Yankees opted to kill two birds with one stone trading for Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who will bring solid defense and perhaps more offense than expected until No. 1 prospect Anthony Volpe is ready to take over in 2023 or 2024.

“He’s got a chance to be a good player,” Cashman said of Kiner-Falefa during the late innings of Monday’s 5-2 Yankees win over the Phillies. “He’s going to get that chance to be the everyday guy and run with it. He brings confidence to our defense.

“We’re hopeful that he and everybody else that we have will do what we hope and see where it takes us. And we’re going to run out the highest payroll we’ve ever had in our history.”

Cashman adding the line about the Yankees’ payroll was a solicited message to disappointed and frustrated fans who call his organization cheap for not making a serious run at any of the star shortstops at a time of need.


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“We stayed in touch and evaluated all the market availabilities through trade and free agencies, and then placed our bets,” Cashman said. “We were able to attack what was available to us once we pulled those down and closed doors on other things. You only have a certain amount of money to spend, and once you fill those needs you keep moving.”

According to Cashman, signing Correa was discussed by the Yankees internally before he went to the Twins for three years at $105.3 million. Regardless, multiple team sources told NJ Advance Media that the Yankees had no plans to make a serious run at Correa or Story after the lockout.

“I talked to Correa’s different agents throughout the process,” he said. “My job is to engage everybody out there in the process to see if there’s a fit, to see if it makes any sense or not. I look to see what’s available and see if it makes any sense in my world. If it has a chance to make us better, we’ll take a look at it.”

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Randy Miller may be reached at rmiller@njadvancemedia.com.

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