4. 1B/DH Carlos Santana
On Jun. 15, 2019, the Yankees traded for a powerful bat and first baseman in Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion was able to get many at-bats and fill in at first base from time to time. They may look for a similar player in Santana if the injury bug continues tp plague them as it did a season ago.
Santana is a switch-hitter that could be added to the Yankees lineup to alleviate the loss of Didi Gregorius’ left-handed bat. Although he would not help them at shortstop, he can still be a valuable asset because of his ability to hit for power and take a lot of walks.
Santana is coming off a career season in 2019 that saw him elected to his first All-Star Game and win his first Silver Slugger Award. In 158 games with Cleveland, he batted .281 and slugged 34 home runs with 93 RBIs, a .397 OBP and a .911 OPS.
He is in the final year a 3-year, $60 million deal that he signed with the Phillies before being traded back to Cleveland which carries a $17.5 million club option for the 2021 season. The Yankees may decide that he is a good piece to carry for depth purposes in case either Luke Voit or Mike Ford gets hurt or doesn’t live up to expectations offensively.
If the Yankees want to look for a rental that could extend into next season, Santana may be the perfect option for them.