Are These Yankees Moves Signs Of The Dark Offseason Buster Predicted? [AUDIO]
ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney said today that teams all over the MLB will be forced to make some tough financial decisions. The New York Yankees made three moves today that might be signs of a bleak free agent offseason that Buster predicted. The Yankees have decided to decline the options of pitcher J.A. Happ and outfielder Brett Gardner.
The truth is there was little chance that Happ would get his extension. The left handed pitcher has no buy out and was less than stellar last season. The Yankees deciding to pay Brett Gardner a $2.5 million buy out in stead of picking up his option for $10 million next season isn't all that unexpected but it still feels weird that the only Yankee left from the 2009 World Series team is now a free agent. The good news in all of this is the Yankees did pick up relief pitcher Zack Britton's two year $27 million option.
The real fear for Yankees fans is will the Bombers add any big name free agents? With other teams across the league putting talented players like closer Brad Hand, second baseman Kolton Wong and many others hitting the market, will the Yankees be buyers? If not could teams like the Red Sox and Mets add the kind of talent that would level the playing field?
Thanks to Roland J Down Service Experts, Buster Olney recapped the season that was and previewed the upcoming offseason that could include more tense negotiations. Much like last offseason Buster expects the MLB and MLBPA talks to be difficult and possibly include some form of a framework for the next CBA which would be needed following the 2021 season. Listen to Buster's warnings and hopes below.