1. Odubel Herrera
Yeah, sure, serrate my skin with a knife!
If the Yankees actually assess the 2021-22 free agent market and come away with Odubel Herrera, a suspended alleged domestic abuser who also, by the way isn’t a starting-caliber player (think: Domingo German!), that might be enough to get me to pack up the hats for a year. Big ol’ cardboard box. Shirseys, jerseys … if Hal Steinbrenner and Co. were to honestly examine the big picture and let Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, Corey Seager and Justin Verlander waltz away just to mail $5 million Herrera’s way, I’m out!
The 30-year-old Herrera resurfaced last season in Philadelphia, and the offensive-minded slugger posted a below-average 95 OPS+ in 124 games he probably shouldn’t have played in before seeing his club option declined this offseason.
This shouldn’t even be relevant — why is this discussion continuing? — but even during Herrera’s more ballyhooed offensive seasons before any accusations had been put forth, he was already an overrated player, posting OPS+ marks of 111 in his rookie year and 109 in his All-Star sophomore campaign, neither of which should’ve been enough to mask his erratic defense.
An overrated hitter on the wrong side of 30 who’s sloppy in the field and has all-caps CHARACTER CONCERNS? Yes, by all means, Yankees. Go ahead and add your Aaron Hicks contingency plan, someone who was very close to out of baseball during the shortened 2020 season, buried and forgotten with good reason.
Addressing this at all feels grimy. Advocating for it? Can’t imagine.