1. Out-Bid Dodgers for Star Utility Player!
With Aaron Hicks constantly on the IL and no prospects ready to take his place in the immediate future, expect the Yanks to comb the free-agent market for center fielders. In doing so, the team will find two superior players who can replace Hicks and improve the club in 2022.
My first choice is Chris Taylor, who currently is with the LA Dodgers. He just turned 31 in August, has a 3.4 WAR, and is one of the most versatile players in baseball.
While he has mostly played center field during his career, he’s also played second base, shortstop, and left field. This is a huge plus. He is currently batting .276 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI. Thus far, he has stolen 13 bases in 14 attempts.
The Yanks can also do well by signing Starling Marte during the offseason. He has a 4.3 WAR and will turn 33 in October. Marte was traded to the Oakland Athletics at the deadline and has played well for them. He is currently batting .323 with 9 home runs and 39 RBI. He has won two Gold Gloves and is a base-stealing machine.
This will be one of the most exciting and anticipated free-agent classes in quite a long time. The Yankees should open up their vault and spend some money to improve the club. Of course, some prioritizing might be necessary. Hopefully, they’ll take advantage after they reset the luxury tax this year.
Whoops, we mean “they better” take advantage. No more cheaping out for the richest franchise in sports.