TAMPA — Here are some quick facts, via sources with direct knowledge of Yankees thinking, on what Sunday night’s big trade means:
— The Yanks were determined all offseason to improve their offense in a big way and acquire joseph donaldson it certainly does. It is often brian cashmanstyle of to allow speculation on other players (in this case, carlos strap, corey seager etc.) while concentrating on a move that we in the media don’t sniff at. Here he has done it again.
— The Yankees aren’t ruling out the search for a first baseman of the caliber of freddie freeman. They still would like to be more left-handed, and first base is the place to do it. TO matt olson trading is still an option. A reunion with the free agent antonio rizzo remains in play. The Yankees also thought that Lucas Voit reported to camp in excellent form on Sunday and can play DJ LeMahieu first.
— The team always leaned toward a backup shortstop who could serve up even the best prospect antonio volpe I was ready and had my eye on Isiah Kiner-Falefa specifically. Correa never seemed like a serious possibility, at least not after a brief flirtation in November.
— By paying off the remainder of Josh Donaldson’s contract ($50 million over two years), the team was able to get ben rotvedt, a 24-year-old receiver with a reputation as a strong defender. The Yankees targeted him in the exchange and consider themselves established with Rortvedt and Kyle Higashioka as the catch tandem.
— Say goodbye to Gio Urshela and gary sanchez it was basically unavoidable. Both were depleting his assets, and Sanchez is set to become a free agent after this year.
— There is no doubt that Donaldson and Gerrit Cabbage he’ll have to settle his public spat over MLB’s goo ban last year, when Donaldson called Cole by name. A person close to Cole says that this really upset him.