1. AJ Pollock
You want a guy who hates the Astros? You want a guy who’s going to put an absolute charge into a pitch that he’s looking for? Do you want a short-term option in left field instead of overpaying for Andrew Benintendi or offloading the farm for Bryan Reynolds?
Though his 2022 campaign was bad, he was poisoned by the Chicago White Sox, who did their best 2021 Yankees impression. They wildly underachieved and made every victory as agonizing as it could possibly be.
Rumors suggested Pollock didn’t want to be in Chicago after the Dodgers shipped him off for Craig Kimbrel, so perhaps a change of scenery could revive the 35-year-old, who had one of the best seasons of his career in 2021.
He’s no longer a great defender, but he has plenty of power, is historically good with runners in scoring position, and adds a sort of veteran flair the Yankees are lacking. He’s a true lineup lengthener, something the Yankees haven’t been able to properly address for a few years now.
He also logged 37 games in center field last year, so if it really came down to it, the Yankees could have a better backup option out there over Aaron Hicks. After a terrible contract year (in which he collected a $5 million buyout), Pollock might be willing to take a smaller deal to join a contender after the White Sox left a sour taste in his mouth.
Who better than Dodgers East?