Five Value Free Agents for the Yankees to Consider

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With nearly $183 million in payroll already locked in for the 2016 season, the New York Yankees will not be one of the more aggressive teams this winter in free agency. While it’s likely the Yankees will add one or more starting pitchers to their rotation, the team is locked into a big contract with an aging superstar at nearly every position. The Yankees do not have a lot of flexibility with their lineup, unless they are willing to pay veterans like Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez, or Jacoby Ellsbury big bucks to sit on the bench. Rumors are circulating around Brett Gardner, and a trade of the outfielder could free up some space.

Beyond trading Gardner, the Yankees have made All-Star closer Andrew Miller available. Miller is only one year into his four-year deal with the Yankees, but Dellin Betances is ready to close, and is much cheaper than Miller. John Ryan Murphy was already traded for Aaron Hicks, which could make it easier to trade Gardner.

The Yankees will spend right up to the luxury tax and beyond every year, but don’t look for them to break the bank for a handful of free agents this winter. As the contracts of Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann begin to expire, the Yankees will be able to get back to their free-spending ways. For now, however, look for the Yankees to make one big signing before filling out their roster with value plays.

Here are five players that could represent good value for the Yankees in the free-agent pool.

4 Responses

  1. ronald frushon

    i have said for over one year that ,do not expect any big changes or a trip ti the series until 2017 when we shed are older big money guys that are not producing like in years past. i do think the yanks should admit this,suck it up and start bringing up our top prospects to see what we need in 2017. then will will have the money to get most anyone we want . we would not be talking like this if the sons of George respected their fathers wishes to keep the yanks on top at any cost. HELP, JETER USE SOME OF YOUR MONEY ,AND GET SOME BACKERS AND MAKE THE GUTLESS STEINBRENNERS AN OFFER THEY CANT REFUSE , TO SELL THE TEAM. HAL AND HANK SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEM SELVES

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  2. sanitychecker

    In reply to the author: no, no, no, no, and no.

    In reply to Ronald Frushon: in case you haven’t noticed, the Steinbrenners have started following Cashman’s lead in developing and bringing up minor leaguers. The Yanks brought up more than 20 rookies last year for varying stints.

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  3. Les Schraeder

    There is nobody mentioned on this list than makes sense for the Yankees to acquire due to age, size of projected contract or need. The team will be focusing on trades this year to make them relevant during 2016. Afterwards their approach to free agency will most likely change to some degree.

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  4. Michael Bradbury

    Chen is the only one the Yanks are interested in. All the infielders are too old and too expensive compared to what we already have. There was a very well youth movement this year and it’s not stopping now.

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