It’s that time of year where Yankees fans make their list, check it twice and wait for Brian Cashman to decide if the team deserves some flashy new toys or if they deserve a lump of coal. With Christmas coming up, there are some shiny new toys left on the free agent market, and fans have been making their list all year hoping with anticipation one of the players on the market dons pinstripes next season. So, which toys do the Yankees fans want for Christmas this? I took to Twitter earlier today to ask the title question and these were the players that garnered the most responses.
1. Max Scherzer: Sorry, Queen Elsa and Barbie. The hottest toy on the market is none other than Max Scherzer. While Brian Cashman said the Yankees weren’t willing to pay big money for him, fans can dream of Scherzer in Yankees pinstripes. It’s Christmas, maybe a Christmas miracle will happen.
2. Hiroki Kuroda: If Yankees fans can’t have Max Scherzer, they’ll gladly take Hiroki Kuroda back. While he doesn’t fit the Yankees needs in getting younger, he’s still effective, but the main question is whether he wants to play baseball or retire.
3. James Shields: Max Scherzer may be too expensive for the Yankees, but Yankees fans also put James Shields on their list. They don’t call him ‘Big Game James’ for nothing: he went 14-6 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.181 WHIP in 2014. He also would cost less than Scherzer and could fit into the Yankees plans of spending economically.
4. Rafael Soriano: While some Yankees fans want the shiny new toys on the market, some people wouldn’t mind bringing back a familiar face in Rafael Soriano. Having a 3.19 ERA in 62 innings isn’t spectacular, but the Yankees did take a chance on him in 2011. While he didn’t do well in 2011, 2012 was a good bounce back year where saved 42 games following Mariano Rivera‘s season ending ACL surgery.
5. Derek Jeter: Technically Derek Jeter is a free agent and while Jeter has already departed onto the road of retirement, fans would still want Jeter to come back. I don’t blame them for wanting him back–the infield’s in shambles right now.