New York Yankees
2016 committed salary: $183.8 million
The New York Yankees have to be happy about the way the future looks as their young stars continue to improve. The Yankees do, however, need to improve at second base. It looks as if they are done with Stephen Drew, who was a solid defender, but only batted .201/.271/.381 in 131 games. The Yankees also have Rob Refsnyder, whose late September surge looks good, as an in-house option, but his defense is still a question. Jose Pirela, Dustin Ackley, and Brendan Ryan are not the answer either.
The Yankees have shown interest in Zobrist since the trade deadline, when the A’s offered him to the Yankees for Refsnyder and right-hander Adam Warren. Brian Cashman declined, and he was traded to Kansas City.
The Yankees are the most logical fit for Zobrist, as he could play second base, backup at third, and fill in for an aging outfield. If the Yankees opt to avoid the big-ticket free agents and look at veteran guys this winter, Zobrist is a perfect fit.