The 2019 MLB offseason is only a week old, but a ton of free agents have hit the market. Today, the New York Yankees free agents have been announced as they have declined to tender qualifying offers to some notable players.
The most notable name is shortstop, Didi Gregorius. In the 2014 offseason the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers announced a three-team trade sending shortstop Didi Gregorius from the D-Backs to the Yankees, right-hander Shane Greene from the Yankees to the Tigers, and left-hander Robbie Ray and infield prospect Domingo Leyba to the Diamondbacks.
From 2015-2018 Didi’s glove and bat all but guaranteed an extension to continue to be Derek Jeter’s replacement for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, Gregorius had to go through the dreaded Tommy John surgery after the Yankees’ 2018 ALDS ousting. It derailed those thoughts. What more could he have done to show he should be a Yankee for the rest of his career?
Most importantly, he underwent TJ and didn’t make his season debut until June 7th of this past season and it wasn’t the normal year Yankees’ fans are used to. Therefore, my hope is that the Yankees and Gregorius can ink a pact in the near future, resulting in the continuation of the amazing tweets that we are used to from him.
The Free Agents
Besides Didi, the Yankees have 6 other players who are hitting the open market and I want to take a deep dive into their 2019 seasons compared to their career stats so you can see what we are dealing with:
SS Didi Gregorius – 29 years old
2019 Stats (82 G): .238 BA, .276 OBP, .441 SLG, 77 H, 47 R, 16 HR, 61 RBI
Career (851 G): .264 BA, .313 OBP, .429 SLG, 816 H, 417 R, 110 HR, 417 RBI
RHP Dellin Betances – 31 years old
2019 Stats (1 G): 0.00 ERA, 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 K/0 BB, 0.000 WHIP, 27.0 K/9
Career (358 G): 2.36 ERA, 381.2 IP, 228 H, 621 K/170 BB, 1.043 WHIP, 14.6 K/9
OF Brett Gardner – 36 years old
2019 Stats (141 G): .251 BA, .325 OBP, .503 SLG, 123 H, 86 R, 28 HR, 74 RBI
Career (1,499 G): .260 BA, .342 OBP, .401 SLG, 1,355 H, 876 R, 124 HR, 524 RBI
RHP Cory Gearrin – 33 years old
2019 Stats (66 G): 4.07 ERA, 55.1 IP, 55 H, 47 K/25 BB, 1.446 WHIP, 7.6 K/9
Career (336 G): 3.64 ERA, 302.0 IP, 268 H, 282 K/129 BB, 1.315 WHIP, 8.4 K/9
OF Cameron Maybin – 32 years old
2019 Stats (82 G): .285 BA, .364 OBP, .494 SLG, 68 H, 48 R, 11 HR, 32 RBI
Career (1,121 G): .256 BA, .324 OBP, .376 SLG, 949 H, 546 R, 71 HR, 347 RBI
C Austin Romine – 30 years old
2019 Stats (72 G): .281 BA, .310 OBP, .439 SLG, 64 H, 29 R, 8 HR, 35 RBI
Career (368 G): .239 BA, .281 OBP, .366 SLG, 247 H, 114 R, 25 HR, 135 RBI
Who Should They Retain?
Out of this entire list, the Yankees should try to get Didi back along with Betances, Romine, Garder and Maybin. It was reported last year that Romine was unhappy with his role, therefore at 30 years old there are a few teams that could probably use him as their starter and that’s my guess what will happen, but only time will tell. Maybin came over mid-season and was a great role player and gave it all he had.
Aaron Hicks Injury
Aaron Hicks is hit the shelf after undergoing TJ. He will likely not be ready for the season and the Yankees need a back up plan. Therefore Gardner should be tendered a new contract for that exact reason. Gardner performed well this past year and deserves another contract.
Betances is that wild card. He went through some arbitration issues a couple seasons back, and then was out for most of the year. He came back for one game where he dominated and then tore his Achilles in what has to be one of the most freak accidents in MLB history. On the other hand, the Yankees did just fine without him in 2019, which means they could easily feel the same way and not try to sign him. Their bullpen is still stacked without him.
His injury could be of concern to teams. The Yankees could try to sign him for one or two years at a small discounted price and he could easily accept. He may also be holding that grudge of how the Yankees treated him in the arbitration process and want to move on.
Time to Spend
With everyone just named and reasoning behind it’s now time for Hal to get out the checkbook. Some of these players deserve to return, and the Yankees should be spending more to get themselves back into the World Series for the first time since 2009. Are you listening Hal? Quit being cheap and get us back to the promise land.
What are your thoughts? Who would you like to see the Yankees re-sign and why? Feel free to discuss below or hit me up on Twitter.
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