10 Available Free Agents that Fit the Yankees

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in less than three week meaning that the offseason is nearly over. From our look at the Yankees potential 25 man roster yesterday we know that they are almost entirely set too.

There are free agents still available though and there are no nails in this offseason’s coffin just yet. Let’s take a look at the remaining free agents that could potentially fit on the Yankees roster.

  1. Jeremy Bonderman – The Yankees biggest need remaining is for another starting pitcher and Bonderman is still out there looking for a job. Last season he threw 171 inninngs to the tune of a 76 ERA+. I can’t see the Yankees signing him for much more than a minor league contract.
  2. Justin Duchscherer – The Duke is still out there looking for a job because he’s a wreck physically. He’s been a starter since 2008, but has never managed to pitch even 150 innings. When healthy though he’s a pretty good pitcher with a career ERA+ of 139. It’s possible the Yankees could still sign him to an incentive laden deal.
  3. Freddy Garcia – Garcia was once a work horse type of pitcher, but today he is not nearly as reliable. He hasn’t pitched a full effective season since 2006, but last year he showed he might be on his way back when he tossed 157 innings with a not terrible 94 ERA+. The Yankees could sign him to a team favorable deal.
  4. Kevin Millwood – Millwood is easily the best bet on this list to stay healthy for a full season in 2011. The problem is that he’s has put up ERA’s north of 5.00 in three of the last four years. If or when Andy Pettitte finally announces his retirement it is likely that the Yankees will try to work out a deal for him.
  5. Bartolo Colon – Colon is barely an option. He is trying to make a comeback and has pitched in the Domincan Winter League this offseason, but he hasn’t pitched a full season in the majors since 2005. It would be a shocker to see the Yankees sign him to anything more than a minor league deal.
  6. Alfredo Aceves – It was a little bit of a surprise that the Yankees non-tendered Aceves, but the Mexican Gangster has dealt with injury problems. He missed almost the entire 2010 season with a back injury and then the Yankees DFA’d him after he broke his clavicle in a bike accident that could cause him to miss spring training. The Yankees couuld sign him once he’s closer to a return.
  7. Willy Aybar – Aybar hasn’t been connected to the Yankees this offseason, but he seems like a great fit to me. He has about a league average bat and glove and can play both first and third. As it stands right now the Yankees have two backup infielders, Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena, but neither can play first. Seems to me like Aybar is a great upgrade over Pena.
  8. Felipe Lopez – Lopez can play all four infield positions and the corner outfield positions. He would also be a major offensive upgrade over Pena. Like Aybar he hasn’t been connected to the Yankees this offseason, but seems to fit perfectly.
  9. Joe Inglett – Inglett doesn’t quite have the offensive potential as Aybar or Lopez, but his OPS+ of 97 throughout his career is nothing to laugh at and he plays a ton of positions.
  10. Joe Beimel – A decent left handed pitching option still on the market. The Yankees already have two lefty relievers, but I’m not sold on Boone Logan as a solid option after just one good season. Personally I would like the Yankees to add him so they would be sure to avoid rushing Manuel Banuelos to the major leagues if they need a lefty reliever later on.

There you have it. Let me know what you think of these guys as potential fits on the Yankees. Also, let me know if there is anybody I have overlooked.

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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16 Responses to 10 Available Free Agents that Fit the Yankees

  1. Eric Communiello says:

    I think Millwood would make a fine 4th or 5th starter, I hope they go after him.

  2. The Captain says:

    I would rather roll out The Meat Tray than any of the guys listed 1-5. They all either suck something fierce or are too risky because of injuries. But gun to my head, I would sign The Duke over any of them.

    My 2 favorite options there are Aceves and Aybar. If nobody is willing to take a chance and give him a Major League deal, I sign Ace to a Minor League contract, stock him in Triple-A so he can get healthy, and then bring him back as the long man in the 'pen.

    You could have him on retainer for all of Mitre's starts and treat them like one pitcher: Alfregio Mitreceves.

  3. Arthur ellis says:

    I loved Felipe Lopez when he was with the Brew Crew. Hes and all star and a Siver slugger. I think hes a good fielder as well. He can atleast sign a minor league deal. I agree, a huge upgrade over Pena and a good back up if Nunez experiment fails. He was a Red Sock at the end of last year

  4. Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

    They should hold off until something better comes along via a trade opportunity and/or Andy's return.

  5. highlander64 says:

    The Yankees can't go into this season with Nova and Mitre as their #4 and #5 starters…if AJ doesn't bounce back, this team won't make the playoffs…you can score 1,000 runs during this season but without pitching, you're not going anywhere…Nova did not impress me, maybe some when he first came up but the league started to adjust and Nova struggled…Mitre is a long reliever at best…AJ's got to have a better year and Hughes needs to shake off that 2nd half downturn in effectiveness…i'd take a chance with Duchsherer, if healthy (i know, big if), he could win 17…

  6. highlander64 says:

    don't like Colon…hope they got him cheap…

  7. Tanned Tom says:

    Not to beat a dead horse here, but the problem is the G.M. and the ownership. They simply don't know too much about baseball. The signings and trades recently have been terrible. Soriano? Really? To sign a reliever when you need starters is just action for the sake of action. It's like being treated for a skin rash when you've a broken arm. With this team's payroll, the quality of the rotation is shocking.

    • highlander64 says:

      although it's true that the Yankees need quality starters, there are none to be found on the open market…the money would have been better used signing a frontline starter but no one was available…the only way the Yankees will improve their rotation outside the organization in 2011 and 2012 is through trade…there's no one in the 2012 free agent market that looks good at this point…

  8. Dave Gross says:

    I was all for going all out to sign Chapman and look what they could have had. A lefty horse power pitcher. OH WELL

    • Not signing Chapman was probably a bad idea, but they kind of went all in on trying to get Cliff Lee so they wanted to save money for him. Also they were most recently burned by Kei Igawa so they probably weary of signing such a big name IFA like that. At any rate it would be nice to see him on the Yankees now.

  9. RAY RODRIGUEZ says:


    • Zambrano is just a bad idea. Also, who said Haren and Santana are even available? I doubt very highly they are. The Angels are trying to win. If you were an Angels fan, would you want to see them trade either of those pitchers?

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