Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF
The super utility player does not fall totally into the “value” category, but when you’re dealing with the Yankees’ budget, three years and $39 million does represent a bit of a good value. Zobrist, who will turn 35 early next year, is a safer bet than some of the older Yankees on the roster, and won’t tie the Yankees up with a long-term contract. By the time a deal with Zobrist expires, many of the other long-term contracts on the roster will have also expired.
Zobrist fills two big areas of need for the Yankees — second base and outfield. He is a better option than Pearce defensively at both positions, and is a better overall hitter as well. Zobrist is a good leader, and would bring another respected, veteran voice to the clubhouse. If the Kansas City Royals are unable to re-sign Ben Zobrist, the Yankees are going to be the best bet to land his services.