2. Yankees made some mistakes in the offseason, too
Naming Isiah Kiner-Falefa the starting shortstop this season didn’t feel like a Yankees move. It was too light in an offseason featuring many stud shortstops. How it went down was especially troubling. Shortly after acquiring him and Josh Donaldson from the Minnesota Twins in a trade, Carlos Correa found a new home. It was with Minnesota.
There is a case to make that the Yankees never should have been in on Correa because they prefer to keep Anthony Volpe. If so, Correa’s short-term deal with an opt-out after one season would have actually made him a perfect candidate for this Yankees team. While he hasn’t clobbered his way into the American League MVP race, he would have no doubt been an improvement over what they do have.
For a while, it seemed the Yankees may have struck gold with some of their offseason moves. Jose Trevino remains a solid steal for them and despite a poor batting average, Anthony Rizzo is contributing with the long ball.
Donaldson hasn’t been everything the Yankees have needed him to be and Aaron Hicks continues to decline much more sharply than anticipated. Having Hicks in the outfield mix wasn’t a decision from the most recent offseason. It was, however, a poorly constructed outfield with him in it.
Reality has caught up with a lot of those early Yankees strengths. Injuries, too, have bitten them badly. It’s not all Cashman’s fault. But even just one decision with the roster can trickle down.