The New York Yankees may not be in on the Carlos Correa sweepstakes at this point in time... and it may not have anything to do with his interesting comments about Derek Jeter.
The latest from Matthew Roberson of the New York Daily News is that the Yankees reportedly are not looking to commit big-time money to a shortstop, instead focusing on developing prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza behind a "stopgap defensive shortstop" who can help them in the short term. Aaron Boone mentioned the latter as someone who's "knocking on the door" to the bigs, so if things go well, this so-called stopgap that could eventually land in New York might not need to be around for long.
What does this mean from Correa's perspective? Considering Roberson reports that Correa "will not settle for anything less than" Francisco Lindor's $341 million figure that he received from the Mets — cue my best "Ted Lasso" voice — the Yankees just opened up a dictionary to the "A" section and Correa is looking at the "Z" section. They're not on the same page.
All of this would seemingly take the Yankees out of the running for Correa or any of the big-name shortstops, including Corey Seager and Trevor Story. Instead, Roberson says that they'll "check in" about short-term deals for Andrelton Simmons or Jose Iglesias.
As for Correa, it looks more and more like the Detroit Tigers could be the optimal landing spot to fit his needs, with speculation reaching an all-time high this week that he'd ultimately end up reunited with manager A.J. Hinch.
Granted, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that the Tigers' willingness to add a player in even the $250 million range is "uncertain," so Correa's supposed asking price of at least $341 million could cause some problems. Whether or not he'll sign before the seemingly inevitable lockout is also yet to be determined, though some shortstops reportedly want to take that route.
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