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 Cano: You’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 Santana: Ervin 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 Kuroda: Yes, 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 Beltran: It’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 Balfour: The 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.