The MLB offseason has seemed to move slowly. Spring training begins in a matter of weeks, but numerous top free agents are still seeking for a spot to play in 2024 and beyond.
This winter has been full of blockbuster moves, including the New York Yankees' signing of outfielder Juan Soto.
The Athletic's Jim Bowden believes New York isn't done making huge offseason moves yet
Bowden sought to set up ten free agents in an essay published on January 15. He predicted that the Bombers will face five-time All-Star closer Josh Hader.
Part of Bowden's rationale is based on something the Yankees did not accomplish. They were interested in Blake Snell, a free agent starting pitcher. But when their five-year,
$150 million offer to the southpaw was turned down, they promptly switched to Marcus Stroman for two years and $37 million. With those imaginary savings, there is enough money to sign Hader.
The left-handed reliever is holding out for a very particular deal. His camp is citing Edwin Diaz's five-year, $102 million contract from the New York Mets last winter as a baseline
Hader may have to settle for significantly less because it is January 16 and no side has expressed a willingness to meet those targets.
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