The 2023 New York Yankees were built without a left fielder, in hopes that either $10 million man Aaron Hicks or converted infielder Oswaldo Cabrera would take the spot and run with it.
So far, no dice. Cabrera, a spark plug and excitable boy, hasn't brought the lumber he displayed in 2022 to the 2023 season. Hicks, who once upon a time was a Gold Glove center fielder, has lost a step and closed his eyes, not to mention his anemic bat.
Add in injuries to Giancarlo Stanton, Harrison Bader and Aaron Judge (hip ... something), and the issue just compounds. The Yankees need to promote someone immediately to absorb some reps, but when the trade deadline comes, they'll need to make a high-profile addition akin to last year's Andrew Benintendi import.
Yup. You read that right. The Yankees addressed a deficiency at last year's deadline. They entered the offseason with the same deficiency. They entered the regular season with the same deficiency. Then they got worse. Probably not an issue.
Thanks to Bryan Reynolds and Ian Happ both extending in the NL Central, there are also fewer midseason trade options than ever. On the flip side, that means it won't be "blockbuster season" for the Yankees; there are several candidates to fill the role who won't cost a fortune.
Which way would you prefer? Obvious or under-the-radar? Whatever you do, don't beef it.