MLB Trade Rumors predicts which free agents will sign with the Yankees

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MLB Trade Rumors recently released an article of their Top 50 free agents, an article I found fascinating. They took it a step further, predicting where the 50 free agents will sign. Here were their picks for which players would sign with the Yankees. (The numbers are based on where they ranked in the Top 50 Free Agents article).

1. Robinson CanoYou’d have to think Robinson Cano is the Yankees top priority going into the offseason. He could also join the $200 Million+ contract club which has the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols.

6. Ervin SantanaErvin Santana had a 3.24 ERA in 211 innings with the Kansas City Royals and is named one of the top pitching free agents currently on the market. I must warn you though, Santana does give up home-runs, which is why I don’t particularly agree with MLB Trade Rumors on this one. Yankee Stadium isn’t a pitchers ballpark, just ask Phil Hughes.

8. Hiroki KurodaYes, Hiroki Kuroda is going to be 39 but he’s a groundball pitcher and has great command. He’s also proven to be an ace for the Yankees, particularly in 2013 when CC Sabathia had one of the worst years in his career. Kuroda did falter in the end, but a 3.31 ERA with 421 innings pitched within the last two years at Yankee Stadium is very tempting.

12. Carlos BeltranIt’s been no secret that for the last ten years, Carlos Beltran wanted to be a Yankee. Well, it could happen this offseason. He can still hit about 25 HR’s and he won’t land a long term deal since he’ll be 37 in April. It’s also worth noting that at this point an American League team w would be helpful since he’s aging.

25. Grant BalfourThe Yankees need a closer. Grant Balfour needs a job. It’s as simple as that. It also doesn’t hurt that Balfour is only 36, which is 3 years younger than Joe Nathan (who is #19 on the Free Agent list).

33. A.J Pierzynski: It was rumored that the Yankees had an interest in A.J Pierzynski last offseason, until the Yankees did absolutely nothing and let Pierzynsi go to the Texas Rangers. He’ll be 37 in December but he’s durable, makes contact and still has some power in his bat.

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28 Responses to MLB Trade Rumors predicts which free agents will sign with the Yankees

  1. Tony Cavaluzzi says:

    Is Cashman going for age or talent.Oops, I almost forgot, he can't spot young talent.

  2. Clyde says:

    Hopefully they get Ellsbury from Boston and shop Gardner around for A good bullpen arm..

    Maybe get Tanaka and go after Brian McCann too.

    • olie says:

      I like the way you think Clyde especially the part about shopping Gardner for a arm.

    • Goose says:

      Yes, I agree that Yanks should go after Ellsbury, he's a better version of Gardner….Shop Gardner for an arm, a bullpen arm but I'd rather have a starter.

      I doubt they get Tanaka, who might end up with the Dodgers…if that happens, the Yanks should go for Garza, which means Yanks would not lose a draft pick…If they can keep Kuroda, then your rotation is CC, Kuroda, Garza, Nova and probably Phelps…Sign Balfour…Sign Beltran.

    • mikefoxtrot says:

      Granderson is leaving and Gardner ain't going anywhere.

      there isn't a snowball's chance that the Yankees will sign Ellsbury to some wildly inflated contract when they have a budget, many holes to fill and Gardner is very nearly the same player as Ellsbury and still in arb-eligible

      • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

        I completely agree. There's NO way the Yankees trade Gardner with Granderson going to another team. There's not much of a difference with Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner, so I don't understand the urgency of people wanting to trade Gardner. Yes I get that he had a good year and he is one of the very few to have a good trade value but trading Gardner will make the team go backwards, not forwards. He was one of their best players last season. If anything, the Yankees should try to give Gardner maybe a 2-3 year deal since I don't really see any of the OF ready to come up by the end of Gardner's contract next season.

        • olie says:

          Not to argue the point but there is a huge difference between Gardner and Ellsbury. 2 or 3 years ago Ellsbury was a finalist for the American MVP. Gardner is a decent player but not in same league as Ellsbury and this is coming from someone who hates the Redsox!

          • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

            Olie, the thing is this. Ellsbury's going to want big bucks. The Yankees only have $80 Million if they want to stay under the luxury tax. There's no way they can afford to sign both Ellsbury and Cano. At the end of the day, Cano gets top priority. Ellsbury with his contract vs. Gardner and $4 Million means Gardner is more economically friendly and the Yankees get ALMOST the same thing as Ellsbury (except for the power bat). We have to remember Gardner's job is not to hit home runs. it's just to get on base. That's why he's the lead-off man.

        • mikefoxtrot says:

          I would be willing to trade Gardner (and more) if the return is Tulowitzki or some other fine player capable of providing great value at SS and/or 3B but no one sane trades a lead-off hitter/ stellar defensive outfielder who is going to be paid approximately $4M this coming season ….for a bullpen arm (as Clyde urges)

  3. hotdog says:

    How does it work. If you make a qualifying offer for the $14.1 mil and the players signs elsewhere, you get a supplemental 1st round pick…does the team signing the free agent lose a 1st round pick…anyone know how that works? what does the signing team give up?

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      It's exactly how you explained it, hotdog. You hit it right on the nose. :)

    • If a team's 1st round pick is in the top 10, like the Mets for instance, then they lose a 2nd round pick. So if the Mets signed Granderson, the Yankees would get their 2nd round pick.

  4. Ellsbury is better than Gardner, but not by a lot. Ellsbury hit 32 homers once and has never hit 10 in any of his other 6 years in the majors. His career line: .297/.350/.439. Gardner's line: .268/.352/.381. Similar, especially when you consider that Gardner hit for a little more power in 2013, he had a .416 slugging percentage. If he can keep that up then Ellsbury might still be slightly better, but only slightly.

    Then you start to compare how much the 2014 Ellsbury will cost (probably about $15-17 million a year) to how much Gardner will cost (around $5 million) and there really is no question, in my mind, which player I'd rather have.

  5. Clyde says:

    Brett Gardner is an average player at best. He will never be a Top 10 CF. He can't steal bases and is streaky. He has good weeks then slumps. He's a 270 hitter at best and he can be dealt to a team that wants more speed and have a spacial OF. For you people that think Gardners a great player get your heads examined. If a good deal comes along and they want Gardner then I say take it.

    And for you people that think Ellsbury is going to get 15-17 million a year, What are you smoking? Are you guys stupid? He's probably going to get a Micheal Bourne like deal at 4-5 48-62 million dollars. Stop reading this girls articles. She's clueless.

    • hotdog says:

      you can give an opinion here but keep it that way…no reason to make it personal…

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Brett Gardner was the second best player on the team last season. He's a Gold Glove caliber defender. Yes he's streaky but when he's hot then he is hot. He also gives the Yankees a spark in the lineup. Notice when he was in the lineup and when he wasn't in the lineup the last 3-4 weeks of the season.

      As for your comments about Ellsbury's contract, 4 years, 68 Million IS $17 Million a year if it's distributed evenly per year. And I'm not clueless. If you're trying to SAVE money so you don't have to pay a luxury tax, would you sign Ellsbury ($17 Million) or keep Gardner ($4 Million). Brett Gardner is the economical choice and we're getting almost Michael Bourn like production out of him for the fraction of the cost. Your opinion is your opinion but don't spread hate.

      • Clyde says:

        If you read correctly I said its 4-5 year deal btw 48-62 Million. That's about 12Million a year. Brett Gardner a Gold a Glove Caliber CF? That's why he wasn't even a Finalist Right? Yeah, you're legit. You're overrating him.

        • Dan says:

          Actually Clyde re-read your comment you jerk. You didn't say "btw", there is a reason you aren't a GM. I'm a Yankees fan and I'd love to have Ellsbury but yes he is going to pull in a big contract (somewhere in the range of 16 to 19 mil) either way that's a hell of a lot more than Gardner is making. Not to mention he is more injury prone than Gardner is. That being said…(assuming A-rods contract comes off the books) they actually have about 90M and change to work with. Pitching needs to be a priority and Tanaka should be a Yankee since the bidding money doesn't count towards the payroll. He should then receive about 12M (Andy Pettittes previous salary) then they could sign a garza. (They still have Pineda who's potential is still unknown) they COULD potentially sign McCann 13M (give up pick), Choo or Ellsbury (also lose pick), and a bullpen arm. Leaving them plenty of room to sign Cano or others. Remember if Grandy leaves they gain a pick then would essentially be losing only one pick. Also the Red Sox have Jackie Bradley who is their top prospect ready and waiting so Boston is ready to let Ellsbury go. No need to make things personal man stop insulting people if you yourself are the one who is uninformed.

          • Clyde says:

            So I guess missing almost all of 2012 and the last 3weeks of 2013 dosent make you injury prone? Ok buddy you seem smart.

            And if you read my 1st statement I said a 4-5 year deal AT 48-62 Million dollar deal. Meaning that's where his contract is going to be btw because that's the market. I didn't know in had to spell it out for you simpletons out there.

          • Guest84 says:

            It's cute that you think there's a chance Ellsbury (30y.o w/ Scott Boras as his agent) is going to take a 4yr 48m deal.

  6. olie says:

    I think this is a interesting debate but I really don't believe the Red Sox would allow him to go to the Yanks. I know they let Damon sign with the yanks but they had Ellsbury in the wings! Also I think Delia is doing a good job!

  7. hotdog says:

    I believe Ellsbury wants to stay a Red Sox and I would not be surprised if he gives the team a slight hometown discount…Gardner is an important guy in the lineup but unfortunately he doesn't have the entourage that would make him more valuable…i remember Willie Randolph…a .270 hitter with less power than Gardner but batting 2nd, he was a key guy in that lineup…lucky for the Yankees, when Randolph went down in 1978, Brian Doyle stepped up…Gardner is also an under-rated defender…

    • olie says:

      I don't think he is a under-rated defender at least not by me. My problem with him is he can't hit good left-handed pitching and with all that speed he can't get a bunt down. He should be a 300 hitter!

      • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

        If Gardner can perfect the bunt he would be a .300 hitter for sure. He has the speed for it. He just needs to work on dragging it away from the catcher and pitcher. Also if he could stop sliding into first base, that would be good too. It's not gonna make him faster.

  8. Clyde says:

    If you think Gardner is a .300 or better hitter I'm guessing you think Santa is till real too?

    • hotdog says:

      Not impossible for Gardy to hit around .300…i wouldn't bet on it but he's an all-around good ballplayer…like others have said, he needs to learn how to hit lefties and drag a bunt…i like homegrown talent and would prefer him than Ellsbury who would cost the Yankees a fortune and a draft pick