The current Collective Bargaining Agreement will expire in just 11 days on December 1. There is almost a guarantee that no new deal will be worked out before the deadline meaning the owners will lock the players out and have a lockout. This would mark the first lockout since February of 1990. That lasted a little over a month and moved opening day back a week in order to accommodate Spring Training.

This will be the first work stoppage since the 1994-1995 strike which canceled 938 games and the entire 1994 postseason, including the World Series. Having that happen this time around would certainly be a surprise to many, it is not impossible. Remember, the two sides bickered at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic over 85% and 100% prorated salaries while hundreds of thousands of people were dying from COVID-19 and millions more were becoming infected. Baseball fans cannot trust that they will always have their best interest in mind.

So now to what we’re waiting for: the Yankees to make moves. There’s been a lot of rumors and according to Yankees Twitter, they would have signed Justin Verlander, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Starling Marte and have traded for Matt Olson already. Don’t believe a thing until they put the pinstripes on in a press conference.

Matt Olson has arguably been the most discussed fit to become a Yankee before the lockout. But that may not be all, players may want to sign before the lockout to ensure where they are going in case the work stoppage goes on longer than anticipated which could very well happen.

We saw Justin Verlander sign a 1-year deal with the Houston Astros and with just under a week and a half left to go, more dominoes could fall like Correa, Seager and Trevor Story.

The Yankees have until the end of the day today to set their 40-man roster and protect players they want to keep and not risk losing them in the Rule 5 Draft. By the end of the day today, we could see the Yankees make a trade. It could be Olson, it could be someone else. Nonetheless, the clock is ticking to make moves and for the Yankees’ sake, it’s better to make them sooner rather than later.

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