The Yankees’ slow offseason is starting to become a problem for Michael Kay.
The YES Network play-by-play player and ESPN radio host took on the squad on Thursday following the Mets’ trade to Francisco Lindor.
The Yankees’ offseason is apparently on hold until DJ LeMahieu – the team’s top priority – makes his free will decision. The ice-paced baseball offseason allows for patience, but that changed Thursday, at least for Kay.
“Here’s the deal: I always thought a perfect Plan B if you didn’t sign DJ LeMahieu would be to pivot, get Francisco Lindor, move Gleyber Torres to second place. Boom, you’ve improved your defense, ”Kay said on her radio show, via NJ.com.
“I’ve always been very, very honest when people say, ‘Why don’t they sign LeMahieu?’ I said, ‘Well, what’s the rush? The great players (free agent) are still there. Trevor Bauer did not sign. George Springer did not sign. JT Realmuto did not sign. And DJ did not sign. Very slow market. But if that slow chicken game the Yankees and LeMahieu are playing with each other costs them a chance at Lindor, it’s a bad job.
The Yankees are determined not to exceed the luxury tax threshold of $ 210 million this offseason, leaving them roughly $ 30 million to spend.
Prior to Lindor’s acquisition, the Mets were seen as one of the potential challengers for LeMahieu. The Dodgers and Blue Jays remain threats.
The Post’s Joel Sherman reported in mid-December that the Yankees and LeMahieu were separated by $ 25 million in contract negotiations. In addition to wanting to keep LeMahieu, the Yankees also have a glaring lack of depth in their rotation. The Mets trade also earned them a quality veteran, Carlos Carrasco.
“You can’t stay here until February and allow DJ LeMahieu to make a decision,” said Kay, who started her Thursday show an hour earlier to discuss the latest Lindor news.
“And if you’re DJ LeMahieu, you can’t just sit back and let the Yankees play their game. They both have to come together: ‘What’s your best deal for me right now?’ And if the DJ agent said (to the Yankees), ‘The only way to do this is five years’ when he knows he will take four … They have to come to a meeting to Jesus and say exactly what it’s because if all of these postures are costing you your Plan B, it’s no good.
“Now is the time to make it or take it out of the pot. “Are you going to sign with us or not?” Are you gonna make me an offer or not? Enough of the game. “