2. Freddie Freeman
The biggest fish the Yankees could try and lure to the Bronx is Freddie Freeman.
One of the best pure hitters in baseball, it is very surprising the Braves have failed to already extend his deal. Like Rizzo, Freeman is also 32, making his next contract a potential albatross down the road.
Unlike Rizzo, however, Freeman is still an elite hitter who would be an absolute dream fit in Yankee Stadium. His blend of power and contact from the left side would immediately provide balance in the Yankee lineup — not to mention, if Freeman becomes a Yankee, he would almost definitely be a fan favorite.
Freeman has not had a strikeout rate over 20% since 2016. What a breath of fresh air a hitter like Freeman would be for a Yankee lineup that has too often been reliant on a three true outcomes strategy.
If the Yanks choose not to spend big on a shortstop or pitching this offseason, Freeman may just be a surprise addition, and one that could provide better results for the Yankees offense.
If Brian Cashman wants to spend a little less, though…