‘Steve Cohen tax’ could deter Yankees from signing left fielder

The Yankees had a very productive winter — keeping Anthony Rizzo and especially Aaron Judge, and adding Carlos Rodon. But they could drop remaining left-field free agents Jurickson Profar, David Peralta and Corey Dickerson. They want to stay under the $293 million “Steve Cohen tax” threshold (they are at $290 million) and are not opposed to giving Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial a chance.

The Yankees were interested in Andrew Benintendi but only for four years. They liked Michael Conforto, but not for the $36 million, two-year contract with a player option he got with the Giants. It’s interesting that the Giants turned to a player who missed last year and underwent shoulder surgery after questioning Carlos Correa’s MRI scan. …

Brian Cashman and the Yankees would like to stay below the Steve Cohen Tax threshold.
Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

The Rockies have talked about acquiring Edward Cabrera from the Marlins, who are looking to hit even after coming to terms with Jean Segura, who will likely play third base. Miami was looking for Brendan Rodgers. …

While the hometown Marlins make sense for Eric Hosmer, he’s on the radar for the Cubs and Orioles. …

Colorado is interested in a left-handed OF and could consider bringing back Dickerson, who started his career with the Rockies. …

The Padres have reportedly reached their payroll limit. It’s hard to count San Diego, the mid-range team that offered Judge $400 million. …

The Dodgers are set to release Trevor Bauer after his ban was reduced by 130 games and he became eligible for the 2023 season. People at their clubhouse are said to prefer he was somewhere else. More interesting is whether a small-market team that would otherwise have no luck with this type of talent could give it a shot. …

The Angels have improved dramatically for less than $100 million. Jumping on All-Star Tyler Anderson at $40 million for three years before the rookie market exploded was a great idea. …

The Angels leaned on Nathan Eovaldi, but it’s no surprise that Eovaldi returned to Texas. There have been many this year. California was not considered a destination by many players. A frustrated executive said, “I run into this a lot. …

Chris Sale is a pitcher they and others could watch. The Red Sox told teams early on that they had no plans to trade Sale, but are now open to hearing from starters. …

No one is better at locking in youngsters than the Braves, who did it again with just-acquired Sean Murphy at $73 million for six years. One of the reasons larger payroll teams struggle to do this is because it affects their tax, while the Braves are still under tax.

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