Once again, the Yankees fell short to the Astros in the playoffs, but luckily for them, their roster has very few holes to fill. Still, they’ve been linked to the premier free agents on the open market, and given the urgency they have given their recent shortcomings, they can’t be ruled out to do anything.
Expected Direction: Doing Whatever It Takes To Win The World Series
Yankees Re-Sign OF Brett Gardner
Contract Details: One Year, $12.5 Million ($10 Million Club Option 2021)
In what may be the least surprising move of the offseason, the Yankees have opted to re-sign outfielder Brett Gardner, giving him a one-year deal worth $12.5 million with a $10 million club option for 2021. Gardner, 36, will be entering his 12th season as a Yankee, where’s accumulated a 37 career WAR- he is definitely the veteran leader of this team. Plus, he’s actually coming off a terrific season, in which he posted a 115 weighted-runs-created-plus (wrc+) and 3.6 WAR. However, I’m not sure that success is exactly sustainable, as his .344 weighted on-base average (wOBA) was much higher than his .301 expected weighted on-base average (xwOBA), which actually ranked in just the 15th percentile; his expected slugging percentage (.372), which ranked in the 11th percentile, was also much lower than his actual slugging percentage (.503). Yes, Gardner’s a decent hitting outfielder with strong outfield defense, but $12.5 million is a lot for a team that now has limited spending power after a massive signing that we’ll get to; there are sentimental reasons for keeping Gardner, especially with Aaron Hicks likely to miss the first half of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but for this price, this is just too much money.
Yankees Sign SP Gerrit Cole
Contract Details: Nine Years, $324 Million
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*Will Be Updated With Every Move The Yankees Make