Cyber Monday: 5 Cheap Steals For The Yankees This Offseason
By Nick Wilson
One could argue that no matter how “good” a deal may be, you’re still technically spending money. But you don’t need that negativity in your life. This list is made up of players who may not be “perfect” fits for the Yankees, but would provide exceptional value relative to what they either would have cost in a non-covid year, or what they’ll likely cost relative to how good they’ll perform.
Schoop is an adept defender with lots of power. The 29- year old has mashed double digit home runs in 6 of his 8 major league campaigns. The only exceptions being 2013 when he played 5 games, and in 2020 where he was on pace to hit over 24. In 2019, Schoop signed a 1-year $6.1 million dollar deal with the Tigers. That figure would likely be lower in this market. Adding a bat like his to Yankee Stadium would give you a terrific player for a very affordable price.
Given their reported interest in bringing back DJ LeMahieu, the Yankees likely won’t be spending big on an arm for the rotation. At least on paper, it doesn’t appear as if any massive upgrades are needed, but they will need to somehow replace the innings they’ve lost from Happ, Tanaka, and Paxton. Even if the Yank’s reunite with Tanaka, there will still need to eat innings. An affordable, solid, veteran, workhorse should do the trick. Enter Brett Anderson. The name might not pop off the page, but get this: Since 2019, Brett Anderson has made 40 starts. He gave up 3 runs or less in 31 of those starts. Not bad for a guy in the back end of a rotation. Anderson made $5 million in 2020, and could make considerably less as a late offseason addition.
Some people enter their mid to late 30’s and start panic buying items that make them feel younger. Cyber Monday is ideal for that. Yet Robinson Chirinos has absolutely thrived in his mid-late 30’s. From 2017–2019, Chirinos hit 17 or more home runs for three consecutive seasons. Only Gary Sanchez, Salvador Perez, Yasmani Grandal and J.T. Realmuto have more in that span. Chirinos blocks very well behind the dish and has great pop for a catcher. A player like him could hedge nicely against the struggling Gary Sanchez and the backup Kyle Higashioka.
Chaz Roe might be one of the most under valued relievers on the market this offseason. In 2019, the 34 year old was in the 94th percentile in exit velocity, 97th percentile in hard hit %, 96th percentile in barrel %, and had one of the best fastballs of any player in the game. After non tendering Tommy Kahnle, Roe would fit nicely in the middle of the Yankee’s bullpen. Plus, you get the added benefit of plucking a key piece from a division rival.
Over his 13 year career, O’day has quietly been one of the most stable, reliable right handed arms in the game. The side armed hurler’s career 2.51 era is one of the games best, and because the reliever market is so plentiful, his cost should be minimal. The Yankees could benefit from a stable arm in the pen, and for the price you’d likely get him at, it should be a bonafide steal.