If you’re a consumer of New York Yankees internet content, you spent the post-Aaron Judge portion of December starved for updates on Carlos Rodón. Once the left-hander signed, too, you spent the post-Rodón portion of December starved for updates on the team’s left field vacancy.
Unfortunately, so far very little has transpired in that market, but that hasn’t stopped every MLB insider from opening their respective notebooks to tell you the same five things.
Here’s how every MLB insider’s exclusive update has sounded since sometime around Andrew Benintendi’s signing in Chicago:
The Yankees’ next move in an eventful offseason will be left field, and losing Andrew Benintendi to the White Sox *will* sting. That said, New York wasn’t comfortable going five years for Benintendi, and felt comfortable moving on.
Considering the team’s reticence to pass the Steve Cohen Tax Threshold, internal options like Oswaldo Cabrera and Aaron Hicks will be considered. I’m told the Yankees are “perfectly comfortable” going in that direction. I’m also told, “Money Money Money Money, Yum Money” by a trusted source.
MLB Insiders’ Yankees updates sound like the same thing repeatedly
That said, left field will *certainly* be a priority — some might say it’ll be the team’s No. 1 priority moving forward. But where can they *find* left field help without Benintendi? We mentioned “internally” already, and will mention it again. “Internally” is somewhere the Yankees could potentially find left field help, which remains a priority for them entering the regular season.
The other option? Externally, the opposite of internally. That brings the Yankees to both the free agency and trade markets.
Free agency, at the moment, is too rich for the Yankees’ blood. They were unwilling to go to five years on Andrew Benintendi who is, as far as we’re concerned, the only left fielder to ever exist. The team will consider other options like David Peralta and Jurickson Profar, provided those two are willing to play for free, as if they’re joining the Atlanta Braves.
The trade market is a different story. I’m hearing the Yankees connected to Bryan Reynolds, which makes sense, considering he plays left field (using a glove in the field and a bat at the plate, doing both things at a high level).
The Pittsburgh Pirates reportedly require elite pitching in any trade for Reynolds, something the Yankees do not possess in their minor-league system. That said, I am still going to steadfastly connect them to a potential Reynolds trade. I am simply that kind of guy.
Any possible timeline on the Yankees resolving their left field vacancy begins and ends with Opening Day, which is when the 2023 baseball season starts. They could theoretically wait until the trade deadline to add talent, while observing which teams with high hopes are slipping out of contention. They could also wait until after the season has ended to add talent, but the problem there is that, in that case, that talent would only be able to help *next* season; the 2023 season would be over.
In conclusion, Bryan Reynolds for left field? Left field.