3. Ben Gamel
Last on the Yankees back in 2016, Ben Gamel has been all over the place. He’s since seen MLB reps with the Mariners, Brewers, Guardians and Pirates. He was a productive player in 2017-2018 with the M’s before falling off during his two years in Milwaukee. Things didn’t go as planned in Cleveland, but he rediscovered his form in Pittsburgh.
Primarily a left fielder, Gamel is pretty much a league-average hitter (and bats on the left side of the plate). His defense isn’t anything special, but he can cover ground and make decent contact (career .253 hitter).
Gamel is by no means a desired option, but he’s a low-cost one that would at least spur some competition in spring training. At that point, fans just want to see the best man win the job. And if it means fully sealing Aaron Hicks’ fate in New York, then nobody is going to complain about that.
Additionally, for his career, Gamel hits .274 with runners in scoring position and has similar splits vs both left- and right-handed pitching. Just sayin’, it wouldn’t be the worst gamble.