Wednesday, January 26 2022
Carlos Correa white Astros uniform looking to the side

Carlos Correa white Astros uniform looking to the side

Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke to media on Tuesday following the team’s hiring of former Mets manager Luis Rojas as the third base coach for the 2022 season.

After speaking about the hiring, Boone answered some questions regarding the team’s offseason plans on how they are going to improve the roster. One of the top free agents that has been rumored to be connected to the Yankees is Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa. Boone was asked what he thinks of the 27-year-old, who leads a talented group of free agent shortstops.

“Great player,” Boone said. “I think he’s obviously in the prime of his career or entering the prime of his career even, and part of what is a very special shortstop class. I think he’s a guy that has really developed into a leader the last several seasons with the Astros. He’s going to be in high demand for good reason based on the player he is between the lines, but also think the intangible things that you’ve seen him grow into over the years, at least across the diamond.”

Correa was one of the players that got singled out during the league’s investigation into the Astros cheating scandal in 2017, but Boone said that shouldn’t impact the choice to sign him or not.

He was then asked if Correa could potentially be an issue in the clubhouse, despite him and GM Brian Cashman not having a problem with bringing him into the organization.

“Look, I think we are getting a little ahead of ourselves with different free agents, but look anytime we’re involved with a free agent that’s of large significance, that’s going to attract a lot of years and dollars and things like that, we’re all going to feel really good about it,” Boone said. “Not only the player, but us as an organization as well. So there’s a lot that goes into that, and I think that’s part of what goes on when you’re talking to free agents or recruiting free agents, is you really want to know who they are and what they are. And also who we are and what we’re about, that’s a process. As much of a part of the process as ultimately settling on a contract.”

Aug 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium.Aug 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium.

Aug 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium.

Cashman previously discussed at the GM Meetings what the Yankees are going to try and do in free agency to improve the roster, and Boone reiterated those remarks by saying the team is constantly searching for the perfect roster and will find a way to achieve that goal.

“There’ll be some necessary tweaking just because natural attrition, guys leave, there’ll be the inevitable trades, different 40-man guys you got to protect so you got to maneuver different things,” Boone said. “As far as have to, I don’t put a ‘have to’ on anything. We’re trying to get better, we’re trying to get to the top of the mountain. And obviously since I’ve been here we’ve fallen short of that. We’ve been a playoff team every year and had varying degrees of success.

“You’re always searching for a more perfect roster, but there’s all kind of factors that goes into that. Whether it’s payroll, whether it’s matching up with a team on a trade, whether it’s where you’re allowed to go with a certain free agent. There’s so many factors that go into, the bottom line is we’re all hard at work at trying to form a more perfect roster. Hopefully we can make the right tweaks that does allow us to ultimately get over the hump and that’s what we’re working towards.”

Boone went on to talk about his role during the free agency period, and how he helps show potential players what it’s like playing for the Yankees.

“A lot,” Boone said. “Anytime we’re recruiting a free agent, especially a bigger name or something like that, I’m always in on that. Try and play a role and hopefully, I don’t want to say sell, because we’re not selling anything. We’re trying to let them see what we’re all about and let them see what it is to be a Yankee, to play here, to try and give them as much information that they can make a really good decision for themselves. I usually play a big role in that when it comes down to it.”

Lastly, Boone mentioned that he’s spoken to 1B Anthony Rizzo and would love to bring him back next season, but he’s yet to begin the recruiting stage.

“Not so much the recruiting hat yet,” Boone said. “I actually did talk to Anthony a few days ago, just touching base with him. So I have spoken to him, think I said how fond I am of Anthony and what Rizz brought to the table. But as far as the recruiting process, I would say that say that has not started to happen yet.”

Source: Yahoo Sports

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