6. David Peralta
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta moved up in the ranks due to the aforementioned news. It helps he primarily plays left field and is a good glove out there (4 Outs Above Average and 1 Defensive Run Saved).
However, his bat has largely been unimpressive over the last 1.5 seasons (230 games). His average and on-base percentage have witnessed massive dips and his OPS+ has remained right around league average.
Then again, the Yankees kind of need just that. They don’t need another All-Star outfielder. They just need someone who can hit middle-middle fastballs, which Joey Gallo cannot do. Additionally, Gallo’s poor play in left field forced the Yankees to reconfigure their outfield and put him in right.
If they can find a solid bat that can hold down the fort in left so there can be a static situation in center and right, then that’ll be a win. Is Peralta the best option? No. But he makes this team better if he’s brought in to replace Gallo, who’s been among the worst players in the sport for a full calendar year now.