We should confront the unthinkable. As a result of the unthinkable is not unimaginable. Not fairly, anyway.
Nobody thought Freddie Freeman and the Braves would divorce, but they did. Free company is not at all times predictable. After all, it solely is smart for the participant who matched The Babe to stay in the home that Ruth constructed (technically, that one was the one torn down however you get the purpose). Aaron Decide advantages from being a Yankee. And sure, the Yankees profit extra; they’ve the best revenues within the sport, and no good purpose to not hold Decide in pinstripes.
The Yankees additionally know their quantity has to rise precipitously off his record-setting season, from $213.5 million to $300 million or so. They love him (what’s to not love?) and need him but in addition consider they’re the most suitable choice. On The Put up podcast “The Present,” Yankees president Randy Levine stated they’d make an “terribly aggressive” supply.
However will or not it’s sufficient? Is it doable he was so insulted by the unique supply, or so irritated by the Yankees making it public that he’ll critically entertain leaving? Past profitable perennially, one large factor the Yankees do have going for them is that it advantages him to remain. With the historical past he made this 12 months, that time was made with out a phrase spoken.
Anyway, this is the most recent, finest guess the place Decide could land (with odds).
The Yankees “must” hold Decide, says a rival. He performed as virtually a one-man band within the second half, taking his season into the realm of the all-time nice. Even amongst some rivals, the hope is that he stays “for the great of the sport.” The perfect, they are saying, ought to stay on the most important stage. Perhaps MLB ought to institute a franchise tag sooner or later to forestall strikes that damage the sport. Odds to remain: 1-5 (83 p.c probability).
The Yankees see his hometown crew because the risk, they usually tried for Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton. Robust park for a clear energy hitter. Odds to go: 20-1 (5 p.c).
The Dodgers have Trea Turner to attempt to re-sign, and Decide grew up a Giants fan, however the Dodgers respect greatness and love short-term big-money offers. They tried $160 million over 4 years for Harper. How about $225 million for 5? Odds to go: 30-1 (3 p.c).
Pitching is their actual winter concern. Plus, it is an period of excellent feeling between Steve Cohen and Hal Steinbrenner and it is laborious to see Cohen risking that, even for Decide, when he has Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Brandon Nimmo, Taijuan Walker and Chris Bassitt to signal. Odds to go: 35-1 (<3 p.c).
They got here up brief for Mookie Betts and underbid for Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. Whereas Purple Sox go to the Yankees (see Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon) few go the opposite method. Odds to go: 50-1 (2 p.c)
They’re attempting for pitching (see deGrom), but when they fail, would possibly they attempt to bludgeon people? Large spenders. Odds to go: 75-1 (<2 p.c).
They’re promising to spend, but it surely goes in opposition to their nature. Lengthy shot. Odds to go: 150-1 (<1 p.c)
Laborious to think about others, however who noticed Carlos Correa going to the Twins? Odds to go: 100-1 (1 p.c).