Yankees, Rangers restart Matt Olson chase
By David Hill
It was just a pause. The MLB lockout left the baseball universe in a state of suspended animation, with any possible moves put on hold. That included the Oakland A’s expected teardown, with the highly coveted Matt Olson in limbo.
That should change soon. Now that the lockout is over, Olson has once again become a hot commodity on the open market. According to reports, the Yankees and Rangers have already restarted their pursuit of the A’s first baseman as both look to upgrade their lineups.
Matt Olson Sweepstakes starting up once more
The Rangers’ pursuit of Olson has an added caveat. While they are looking at an upgrade at first base, they want to be certain that they can sign him to an extension first. If that is not the case, then they may look at other channels to find an improvement in their lineup.
The Yankees, meanwhile, are looking at Olson as their preferred option at first. Olson, however, is not the only first baseman they have been connected to through the offseason. Not only are they considered players in the Freddie Freeman chase, but they could also bring Anthony Rizzo back after his two months in the Bronx.
It is not as though they are devoid of internal options. Luke Voit has had moments of success, including the 2020 season when he led the majors in homers. DJ LeMahieu may not be the ideal option, but he can play first. However, Olson would be a clear upgrade over either, with Voit potentially part of the return.
Olson’s market is not going to be limited to the Rangers and Yankees. Other teams indicated their interest prior to the lockout and are likely to be involved in his market as well. However, the Rangers and Yankees have clearly made Olson a priority and are not backing off.
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The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees have already started their pursuit of Matt Olson once again. He may not be with the Oakland A’s much longer.