4 former Yankees players New York can still reunite with in free agency
1. Andrew McCutchen
Folks … what’s the holdup?! Andrew McCutchen is available, the Yankees need a left fielder, and the man is coming off three rock solid campaigns since tearing his ACL.
Cutch left the Yankees after the 2018 season to sign with the Phillies, but missed out on their World Series run when he signed on for one year in Milwaukee for 2022. Remember 2018 Cutch!? He was a godsend in those 25 games. New Yorkers wanted more!
Anyway, Cutch’s defense is still fine (nothing special, though) and his power remains (49 doubles and 44 home runs over his last 278 games). Why not sign him as the starting left fielder, and relegate him to a bench role if things go south? At this very moment, he’s likely a fringe starter/fourth outfielder, and the Yankees can risk experimenting with him as their main guy in left.
What harm would another veteran voice do? McCutchen clearly wants to win, and has already drawn interest from the Dodgers and Rays. If they haven’t pounced yet, then the Yankees can offer him familiarity, as well as (arguably) a better winning environment, based on what little LA and Tampa have done this offseason.
McCutchen’s one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Brewers last year might not even be the price this time around. Perhaps $7 million? Or a team option with a buyout for 2024 so he can get his money, while the Yankees save against the luxury tax threshold?
Better than paying Andrew Benintendi $75 million over five years, isn’t it?