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The New York Yankees have reached an agreement with shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa that will bring him back to the Bronx for the 2023 season. The contract will be for one year and $6 million dollars. Kiner-Falefa endured a tumultuous year with the Yankees after coming over from the Texas Rangers last offseason, slashing .261/.314/.327 with four home runs and 22 steals in 531 plate appearances. Most of Kiner-Falefa's contributions come from speed and defense, and there's no guarantee that he will see nearly as much playing time this upcoming season as last.
The New York Yankees are re-signing first baseman Anthony Rizzo on Tuesday, according to a source. MLB Network's Jon Heyman is reporting that it's a two-year deal for around $17 million a year. Rizzo rejected the team's one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer, but he'll be back on a multi-year deal. The 33-year-old and his left-handed power stroke is a perfect fit for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. In his first full year in the Bronx, Rizzo hit .224/.338/.480 with an .817 OPS, 32 home runs, 75 RBI, 77 runs scored and six stolen bases in 548 plate appearances over 130 regular season games. Staying in a potent Yankees offense with an excellent home park, Rizzo will once again be a great source of power, RBI and on-base percentage in 2023.
Ken Rosenthal reported in the Athletic Monday that the Houston Astros are targeting Anthony Rizzo as their top first-base free agent. The New York Yankees extended a $19.65 million qualifying offer to the 33-year-old, who has until Tuesday afternoon to act on it. Rizzo provided a good deal of power for the Yankees in 2022, slashing .224/.338/.480 with 32 home runs, 75 RBI, and six stolen bases. The Astros are also considering Yuli Gurriel and Jose Abreu in the event that Rizzo does accept the Yankees' qualifying offer.
The New York Yankees exercised the team's 2023 club option for starting pitcher Luis Severino, per a tweet from the team on Monday morning. The 28-year-old right-hander made 19 starts for the American League East club last season, logging a 3.18 ERA and a 3.70 FIP while registering 112 strikeouts compared to just 30 walks allowed in addition to seven pitcher wins. New York's other current rotation options include Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Frankie Montas, and Domingo German.
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he expects to pick up starting pitcher Luis Severino's $15 million option for the 2023 season. Severino only made three starts from 2019 to 2021 due to injuries, but he got back on track in 2022 and went 7-3 with a 3.18 ERA (3.70 FIP), a 1.00 WHIP, 112 strikeouts and 30 walks in 102 innings over his 19 starts for the Yankees. However, he still missed around two months due to a lat injury, but he should be fully healthy for spring training next year. The 28-year-old right-hander will surely be an injury risk for fantasy managers, but the upside is still there if he can just stay on the field.