Yankees: 3 free agents NYY can likely sign after Spring Training begins

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 10: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 10, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 10: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 10, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – OCTOBER 07: Cameron Maybin #38 of the New York Yankees celebrates his one run home run against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning in game three of the American League Division Series at Target Field on October 07, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

1. Cameron Maybin

The Yankees should bring Cameron Maybin back for minor-league depth.

Come on. If the Yankees are going to dip into the Socrates Brito well, can’t they build outfield depth at the minor-league level with one of the most exciting members of the 2019 Yanks instead?

Maybin’s reunion with the Tigers last winter for his third go-round with the team came on Feb. 12, signaling that even in a faster-paced offseason, the affable outfielder was unfortunately left on the sidelines until spring broke.

This time around, he won’t be coming off the momentum of 2019, which would further lower his asking price.

Yankees fans learned first-hand how important it can be to have a chess piece like Maybin during a 162-game grind. The speedy outfielder exceeded all expectations during his time in the Bronx, hitting .285 with a .364 OBP and 11 homers, even socking a home run in ALDS play. Unfortunately, when push came to shove, he wasn’t quite able to replicate Giancarlo Stanton’s role in the ALCS, and the Yanks ended up slightly outmatched by the Astros yet again.

Thought of as a desperation insurance piece when he was acquired midway through April of 2019, the Yankees could instead be proactive this time around and use Maybin to shore up their minor-league ranks, where they’ve lost plenty of familiar faces in the depth department at both Triple-A and Double-A. Even players like Ben Ruta have moved on, selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Padres.

Yes to Maybin, maybe to Brito. That’s our official stance, which the Yankees will probably be able to chew on for the next two months or so.