The Yankees have made some key acquisitions to try and help their cause to get to the playoffs. Martin Prado will be a Yankee in some way shape or form since he’s under contract. They could trade him, but he could be a valuable piece next year who can play multiple positions. But what about the other guys?
Well, Derek Jeter is retiring after this year. Stephen Drew is playing second base, though. He’s a free agent at the end of the season, however this time he won’t be attached to draft pick compensation. Drew is a great defender, though hasn’t been the best hitter this year. The Yankees already have that in Brendan Ryan. I fully believe that the next Yankees shortstop isn’t on the roster, however Drew could be a nice stopgap.
Brandon McCarthy should be a Yankee next year. No Ivan Nova. Maybe no Masahiro Tanaka or CC Sabathia. McCarthy has been excellent as a Yankee, striking out a batter per inning, going 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts. He just turned 31, so a two to three year deal might be a good idea to offer the free agent right hander.
Chase Headley is a tougher call. There’s a guy named Alex Rodriguez who’s coming back. He’s 39 and hasn’t played baseball in a year. The crazy thing is that when he was healthy last year, he was pretty productive. The problem is he’s 39 and hasn’t played baseball in a year. He can’t play third full time anyway. The thing is signing Headley could be pricey. He’s 31 and could be a sought after commodity in a weak hitting free agent class. Headley’s also shown versatility by playing first, something that could increase his value.
McCarthy, Drew, and Headley aren’t going to be a cure all to get the Yankees back to the top. They’re nice complementary parts to help. If the Yankees are going to get back they’re going to need to do more work than those three. That’s another topic for another day.