Unsurprisingly, there are a few semi-beloved former Yankees still hanging out in the free agent pool as February approaches and teams (theoretically) begin to prepare for the 2024 season.
Why is it surprising that some ex-Yanks have been left in the lurch? Oddly enough, this isn't an indictment on Brian Cashman's roster building or Hal Steinbrenner's budget. Simply put, nearly everyone is still available. If your name isn't Shohei Ohtani and you're somewhere in between the top of the market and the lowest rung, you might be in danger of missing the start of next month (or even Opening Day).
This list is for all those current players who weren't wrongfully reported to be on planes to Toronto. All those guys who didn't take No. 18 Yankees jerseys home with them before Skip Bayless-ing them directly into the trash can. All the dudes who weren't spotted in the airport asking the Yankees to call (although he's technically still available, too).
The Yankees are rumored to be exploring a potential reunion with one of these guys, but we can spot a second name that feels like a potential fit, too, especially if Hector Neris wants $50 million.
4 Yankees fan favorites who are still MLB free agents as spring training approaches
David Robertson, RHP
D-Rob doesn't seem ready to go quietly into that good night just yet at age 38 (nearly 39), and was still highly effective for the New York Mets in the first half of 2023. Then, he was blindsided and dealt to the Marlins, a competitive surrender that no one saw coming in Flushing, considering the expectations they began the season with. Your ERA might balloon from 2.05 to 5.06, too, if that happened to you -- and, besides, Robertson's FIP indicates there might've been a great deal of bad luck and overcorrection down the stretch. It was 3.57 in New York and an actually improved 3.49 in Miami.
While the ageless Robertson will likely face regression head-on someday -- and hey, maybe that's what the back half of 2023 turns out to be -- he's been everything from rock-solid reliever to All-Star closer, and never anything less than competent. The Yankees let him go once before welcoming him back again. Could this offseason bring fans another reunion, as well as an opportunity for Robertson to be a luxury rather than a necessity?