Wondering what a few former New York Yankees players are still doing floating out in free agency? The bigger names like Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Luis Severino got scooped up, but a few remain for the taking. Oh yeah, can't forget somebody gave Frankie Montas $16 million.
Who's left that's notable? Aaron Hicks, Domingo Germán and Wandy Peralta, with Peralta representing the lone possibility for a potential reunion. The Yankees aren't going to touch Hicks or Germán with a 20-foot pole.
There's been almost no traction on Hicks, which is somewhat surprising because of his revival with the Orioles in 2023. The Yanks cut him loose, the O's gave him a chance, and Hicks proceeded to grow a beard in one day and then hit .275 with an .806 OPS in 65 games.
The only update we have on the switch-hitting outfielder is that he's been golfing this offseason (zero surprise) and he participated in a celebrity tournament that saw Mets veteran Jeff McNeil come away the winner.
Yankees Rumors: Free agency updates on Aaron Hicks, Domingo Germán and Wandy Peralta
And that's enough about that.
As for another former embattled Yankee, Germán is reportedly drawing interest from two division rivals in the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays. And, to top it all off, the Mets are reportedly considered the favorites. It seems as if nobody is learning from the Yankees' terrible experience with the right-hander, so by all means, give him money and let him ruin your pitching staff!
Germán played a role in derailing the Yankees' 2019 playoff run when he was suspended under the league's domestic violence policy. The Yankees stuck with him, though, because they apparently couldn't find another option to be a throwaway No. 6 starter.
Outside of his perfect game in Oakland this past season, Germán was far more of a headache than anything else. His tenure culminated with an alcohol-infused tantrum that saw him placed on administrative leave. Fitting. Another distraction the woeful 2023 Yankees didn't need. Oh yeah, and Germán's worst season came during the Yankees' blistering 2022 campaign when they won 99 games, but then somehow limped down the stretch and nearly gave away the division anyway.
And finally, we can end on a positive note. Peralta is a Yankees fan favorite and hasn't garnered much interest in free agency because of his shaky 2023 season that featured some concerning metrics (5.05 FIP vs 2.83 ERA) as he was bailed out by some luck and some timely executed strikes.
The Yankees remain in contact with the left-hander, however, with Brendan Kuty of The Athletic reporting the two sides are still talking but have not reached a common ground. It's been said the Yankees are likelier to bring back Peralta over Keynan Middleton, but the price point isn't clear. Peralta, after his work the last three seasons, should probably command at least $8 million per year.
That might be the issue. The Yankees don't have a whole lot of financial wiggle room, and while they need a left-handed reliever, paying that much for a potential regression season or two might not sound appealing to the front office.
That's where things stand with these former Yankees, though, and once the offseason pace decides to finally find a semblance of consistency, maybe we'll then have concrete answers.