Yankees Rumors: Which free agents should be kept and who should be let go?
Adeinny Hechavarria: Hechavarria did a nice job filling in at shortstop for an injured Didi Gregorius during September and he also served as a great late-game defensive replacement for Miguel Andujar. However, he could likely start next year for some teams looking for a great defensive shortstop so don’t expect him to re-sign with the Yanks to come off their bench as a utility man. Let’s not forget the Yankees still have Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade who could each fill that role.
Verdict: Hechavarria signs elsewhere
Neil Walker: Now that Didi Gregorius will likely be out until at least next July recovering from Tommy John surgery the Yankees could look to bring back Walker on another one-year deal. Walker could serve as the Yankees primary second basemen against right-handers next year while Gleyebr Torres slides over to shortstop until Didi returns. He could also fill in when needed at both first and third base.
Walker had a strong second half in his first season in New York after he struggled in April and May but his struggles can likely be attributed to signing with the team so late into spring training. With a full spring to get ready for the 2019 campaign, Walker should be much more consistent and productive. He’d also give the Yanks another power left-handed bat in what is a right-handed heavy lineup.
Verdict: Bring Walker back on a 1-year deal