The big, bad, powerful, Yankees that we all grew up with are dead… for now. Brian Cashman’s goal for the 2018 season wasn’t winning, it was getting under the luxury tax threshold. Now that New York has accomplished that goal, will they become uber aggressive this offseason? Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt, is emerging as an interesting target for the Brox Bombers.
MLB.com Yankees’ correspondent, Bryan Hoch, had the latest on a possible pursuit for Goldy:
“If the D-backs really are listening to offers on their best players, as has been reported, that seems like a call that Cashman and Co. have to make. The only caveat is that the 31-year-old Goldschmidt will be eligible for free agency after 2019, and is owed $14.5 million on a club option, which might provide some pause depending on the asking price. Then again, Cashman always says that prospects are suspects until they make it. Goldschmidt seems like a sure thing, a clear upgrade at first base over Voit and Bird.”
Arizona is open for business after missing the postseason in 2018. Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollack will both hit the free agent market and the team will only have one year of control over Paul Goldschmidt. Their run is over. The D-Backs won’t just give away Goldy but it’s becoming increasingly clear that he is available.
The Yankees have to do something. How much longer is that spoiled brat Hal Steinbrenner going to let his dad suffer? The late great George Steinbrenner has to be rolling in his grave watching the Red Sox become the Yankees overnight. The Luke Voit thing could very well be a fluke after not reaching the majors until his age 27 season. Goldy is a clear answer at first base. He already sounds like a New York law firm and you won’t have to ask him to shave either. Now we will wait to see if Brian Cashman pulls the trigger. Goldschmidt ended the 2018 season with a 5.4 WAR, .290 average, .389 on base percentage, 33 home runs, and has won 5 gold gloves during his playing career.