SIMULATION: Yankees transactions at FanSided Winter Meetings
Sign Alex Avila
I’m fully aware Austin Romine is on the 25-man roster solely for his defense. But at .218 with two homers and 21 RBI, he’s absolutely useless with the stick. Especially when he found his way into the DH role, or first base at times last season.
That’s why targeting a legit defender who can put the ball in a gap from time-to-time was something I couldn’t wait to get my hands on.
But player agents live to play hardball. Knowing that my first offer would likely be swatted away like a Kristaps Porzingis blocked shot, I came in soft for Alex Avila; 2 years, $6 million. Avila’s rep quoted MLB Trade Rumors’ prediction that the 30-year-old former Cub was worth at least, 2 years and $12 million.
So I upped my offer to 2 years, $11 million with a player opt-out after the first year. That way, if Avila doesn’t want to continue backing up Gary Sanchez, he’s free to go elsewhere, and his money comes off the books.
I’m honestly a bit surprised Avila signed with us, considering he hit .264 with 14 long balls and 49 RBI in only 311 at-bats last season.
He must have enjoyed his brief stint playing for the Cubs and values the chase for a ring over consistent PT. We’ll still invite Romine to camp, but he’s a longshot to make the opening day roster.