BONUS FORGOTTEN PICK: Jared Walsh, 1B
Jared Walsh, a 2021 All-Star who still lives in Yankees fans' nightmares for what he did to a rain-soaked Aroldis Chapman, has a swing tailor-made for Yankee Stadium. If only he could find it again.
Walsh was outrighted off the Angels' roster a few weeks back, rejecting a Triple-A assignment in favor of testing the free agent waters. Just two years ago, he was hitting 29 homers with a 127 OPS+ in a breakout season. Now? He's struggling to come back from neurological complications, battling headaches and insomnia in the wake of a thoracic outlet syndrome diagnosis in 2022. He believes his symptoms spiraled after a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Things snowballed for the smooth lefty swinger, and he might be the only first baseman in baseball with a more unpredictable future than Rizzo. But the Yankees love handing out redemptive minor-league contracts, and based on Walsh's ceiling and previous experience in the Bronx, he should be atop their list (as long as he doesn't require major-league assurances).