1. Christian Vazquez
Get. Him Out. Now.
Christian Vazquez, who can arguably be described as the most average below-average player Yankees fans have been forced to watch in recent years, loves talked unprompted trash to the Bombers while peacocking his way all over the field when the two teams do battle.
You might remember his back-breaking solo homer off Zack Britton in Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS that ultimately decided the affair. Or his “They have no rings, and I have one” comment after a Sox beat writer asked him about Boston’s recent struggles (at the time in 2020) against the Yankees. The guy is just infuriating and has no reason to be since he’s a career .261 hitter with a weak .696 OPS and 84 OPS+.
What’s even funnier is that the Sox seemingly intentionally worked to have Vazquez avoid a contract incentive last offseason when he fell short a handful of at-bats of reaching an extra $1 million on his team option for the 2022 season. But he loves his Red Sox! That great franchise that penny pinches despite four World Series since 2004. Owning Liverpool doesn’t bring in enough money, either. Gotta save that $1 million.
Vazquez is earning $7 million this year and has actually heated up to put together one of his best seasons to date. He’s hitting .303 with a .766 OPS and 116 OPS+ through 37 games and has proven capable at first base.
With no clear intention of keeping him beyond 2022, the Red Sox under Bloom’s leadership might be inclined to sell on another appreciating asset in a contract year and capitalize on the near-32-year-old’s worth at the moment.
This one feels like the most likely to happen and Yankees fans will collectively rejoice when it does.