By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
The Mets have made newly acquired Francisco Lindor their centerpiece. There’s talk about the hunt for George Springer to become more intensified.
The Yankees have been uncharacteristically quiet. Can you imagine if George Steinbrenner was still around?
Their silence won’t be golden if they don’t act soon.
A Mets-Yankees tussle for control could bring a World Series matchup, ironically one that last happened 20 years ago.
Normally, the Yanks make a big splash around Christmas or in early January. This year, you can find as much action with them as with the Meadowlands racetrack.
In the new year, these are the newcomers so far: outfielders Greg Allen and Socrates Brito, infielder Andrew Velasquez, and pitchers Jhoulys Chacin, Nestor Cortes, Tyler Lyons, and James Reeves.
Not exactly a lineup that can equate to Lindor and Carlos Corrasco.
The Yanks big missing piece? Did everyone forget about DJ LeMahieu?
The cornerstone second baseman is still on the market, but the bidding quickly will escalate especially with Lindor off the market.
Multiple reports have the Yankees and the 32-year-old LeMahieu approximately $25 million apart and the haggle of a three-year deal as opposed to a five-year one.
Toronto is still in hot pursuit as well as the Dodgers, who have shifted some of the interest toward Justin Turner.
Atlanta, St. Louis, and Boston also reportedly have entered the bidding.
If the Yankees lose LeMahieu, they could flip Gleyber Torres to second and bring back Didi Gregorius or sign Andrelton Simmons to fill the shortstop hole at a lower price. Both are in the same age range (31) as LeMahieu.
The Yanks are confident Torres can return to his offensive form with a full season ahead, but he must curb his fielding woes. He struggled at short defensively when he filled in for Gregorius, and he may be better suited at second,
That’s despite GM Brian Cashman praising him for his play at short in the past.
There also is the case for bringing back Masahiro Tanaka on a one-year deal to help fill out the rotation.
Tanaka has drawn some recent interest from San Diego, who has shocked most of baseball with the acquisitions of Yu Darvish and Blake Snell to head their staff. Tanaka could slide into a comfortable third- or fourth-starter role there without the pressures in a Yankees’ lineup. There also is the possibility of him returning to Japan. Don’t rule out the Mets taking a stab at Tanaka.
The Yanks’ current pitching stable is fairly empty with veteran presence behind Garritt Cole with Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A Happ in the free agent pool.
LIfe can get more interesting if the Mets become more active in the next few weeks, or if Toronto or any LeMahieu suits look to sweeten their pots.
The Yanks’ silence needs to break before they have a reason to be.