Jon Heyman of The NY Post recently had this to say
The Yankees had a successful offseason, retaining key players like Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge and adding Carlos Rodon to their roster. However, they are unlikely to pursue remaining free agent left fielders Jurickson Profar, David Peralta, and Corey Dickerson due to their desire to stay below the $293 million "Steve Cohen tax" threshold. They are currently at $290 million in payroll and are open to giving Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial an opportunity to play. While the Yankees were interested in Andrew Benintendi, their interest was limited to a four-year deal. They also considered Michael Conforto, but ultimately decided not to pursue him due to the $36 million, two-year deal with a player option that he received from the Giants. It is noteworthy that the Giants ended up signing Conforto after questioning Carlos Correa's MRI exam.
This matches the intel NYYNEWS received about a player that could be The "Big Move" whom Michael Kay eluded to on his radio show. There's no way Yankees will not make a move for LF. Hicks, Nor Florial and so on. Are not going to be the Starting LF for The New York Yankees in 2023.
NYYNEWS Felix also said
For people panicking over Heymans article, all the Yankees need to do is move either a combo of Donaldson + Hicks or one of em. Which obviously they would of had to do anyways if their LF targets didn't sign elsewhere. So doesn't change anything, Yanks still trading for a LF
Yankees are still in play for every LF target.
The threshold puts the Yankees exactly where they want to be if they "attempt" to reel 🐟 in this player.
We were told, Yankees were having discussions about the said player. They would consider it, if they could get him for 25 or 27 mil a season. This was 4 days ago, you can imagine how far talks have gone.
If the "Big Move" was the play all along, get ready to see more smoke after New Years.
YANKEES ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MOVE DONALDSON OR HICKS.... OR BOTH