Yankees-News: Aaron Judge officially proposes the free hand

Associated Press | Ronald Blüm: Aaron Judge is now officially a free agent. With the Astros’ World Series win on Saturday night, it’s officially the off-season, and Sunday saw the announcement of all 131 players entering free hands in the majors. Judge, Jacob deGrom and Carlos Correa are leading this year’s free agent class, and all players can start signing with teams on Friday. There are exceptions to re-signing with the same team, however, and notably Mets closer Edwin Díaz’s free agency didn’t even last the day Steve Cohen and his company re-signed him to a five-year, $102 million deal.

To recap, here are all the Yankees free agents:

Sports Illustrated | Max Gutman: If you’ve been reading my link summaries since about the end of August, you already know how much I to hate I love free agent contract speculation, but Yankees news is a little weak these days, so beggars can’t be picky. Jon Heyman gave his predictions for the deals that the Yankees’ biggest free agents can land. Most notable of all is that he predicts 9 years and $330 million for Aaron Judge (I think that’s a bit too much and too long). and 2 years, $40 million for Anthony Rizzo (that sounds about right).

New York Post | Dan Martin: It’s déjà vu again when it comes to the Yankees’ first shortstop gig. For the second year in a row, the Yankees went into the offseason with a giant question mark at shortstop, and the year-end press conference, much like the end of the season, offered no real resolutions. Will they try to trace it back with Isiah Kiner-Falefa? Will Oswald Peraza be a trade lure this off-season like some of us expected him to be at this year’s trade close? Or will they trust the rookie with the starting XI and be more aggressive with Anthony Volpe’s development? Will they flex their financial muscles and sign someone from Trea Turner or Carlos Correa? If I were a bettor, I wouldn’t put my money on seeing a big free-agent shortstop acquisition, although nothing would surprise me at this point.

Forbes | Wayne G McDonnell Jr: A surprising source of news about the Yankees, forbes gave her “Business of Baseball Analyst” (best job title ever?) a peek at the organization’s final season-ending press conference. In particular, they’ve looked at how the Yankees’ commitment to trusting the process is at odds with fan disappointment after seeing the Astros win another World Series title, and how the organization has that urgency in all recognize its facets of discomfort, and act on it.


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