Austin Meadows, OF
We've long coveted Austin Meadows as an athletic, lefty-swinging outfielder with bounce back potential, though he had far more serious things dogging him in 2023 than your typical bumps and bruises.
Meadows last made the All-Star team in 2019, and, predictably, his Tigers tenure has involved less smooth sailing than his time in Tampa. In 2022, Meadows hit the Injured List with a troubling bout of vertigo, and later missed time during a COVID-19 battle. Last season, his career hit a nadir; he was placed on the IL while battling anxiety issues, and ultimately missed the remainder of the season, logging just 21 at-bats before being non-tendered.
Signing Meadows wouldn't be without risk -- but what recently non-tendered player comes risk-free? If the Yankees receive nothing out of the ex-Ray, that would be par for the course in their constant search for outfield help. But if they're able to harness anything approximating what led to Meadows' 14th and 20th-place MVP seasons in 2019 and 2021, it could be an exceptional bargain.