Former Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is currently a free agent and although he has struggled offensively this season, he may be a fit in New York’s outfield. Eaton would bring a badly needed left-handed bat and a decent glove while providing some additional depth for the Yankees.
Eaton is not producing on the offensive side of the baseball. His batting average is .201 with just five home runs and 28 runs batted in. His batting line for the season is a lousy .201/.298/.344. The first number represents batting average, the next number represents an on-base percentage, and the last number represents slugging percentage. Eaton’s batting line for the season is below average, to say the least.
However, Eaton checks two boxes the Yankees need which are he’s an outfielder and he bats left-handed. The lineup for the Yankees is a right-handed dominated lineup so Eaton would give the team a left-handed hitter. Meanwhile, Yankees Stadium is known for its short porch in right field, which could help Eaton’s power numbers.
Unfortunately for the Bombers, the Yankees have seen their fair share of outfield injuries. The team lost Aaron Hicks for the season due to wrist surgery and the timetable for Clint Frazier is unknown due to hurting his vertigo. Meanwhile, converted third baseman, Miguel Andujar, went on the IL with a wrist injury of his own. Due to the injuries, the team has relied heavily on Aaron Judge and the aging Brett Gardner.
Historically, Eaton is a right fielder but does have some experience playing all three outfield positions. Likely the former White Sox outfielder will slot in either left or backup Judge in right while the Yankees rely on Gardner and the newly acquired Tim Locastro to man center.
For the season, Eaton has saved 1 defensive run for the season and has earned a 2.4 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), which measures a player’s entire defensive performance. His UZR rates him as being worth 2.4 runs better than the average right fielder. While his UZR is below that of Judge, it would place him second in an outfield has struggled defensively this season.
If the Yankees were to get Eaton, it would a low-risk high reward move as he would only get paid the prorated league minimum.
Signing Eaton would be the definition of a low-risk, high-reward move. The Yankees would only have to pay the prorated league minimum to sign Eaton while bringing in some reinforcements for a banged-up outfield.
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