Yesterday, you decided whether you would “Keep or Toss” Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge. Today, we go into the infield where you’ll decide whether to “Keep or Toss” the players that play defense in the diamond.
Headley had a terrible start to his season in April, but overall had a decent year hitting .251/.329/.383 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs. Headley also improved his defense from the year prior, only making 10 errors versus 24 in 2015. Now, Headley has two years left on his contract, and if the Yankees wanted to trade him, he could bring back a decent return. But if you were the manager, what would you do with Chase Headley?
In his second season with the Yankees, Gregorius became the fourth player on the roster to reach 20 home runs. While his OBP went down this season (.304 in 2016 to .318 in 2015), he did hit for average and power, and had a decent 2.2 WAR in 2016. Gregorius is slated to be part of the Yankees future, but if you were the Yankees manager, what would you do with Didi Gregorius?
Starlin Castro had been one of the best Yankees acquisitions since the Yankees made the trade for him last winter. And while he hit .273/.300/.433 with 20 homers and 70 RBI’s, sabermetrics weren’t kind to him, notching a 1.2 WAR in 2016. Despite that, the Yankees view Castro as a player for the future, and they envision Castro and Gregorius as the next great double play combination since Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. As the Yankees prepare for 2017, what would you do with Starlin Castro?
2016 was an overall down year for Brian McCann; despite hitting 20 home runs, he only drove in 58 runs and hit .242 for the entire season. McCann also had an abysmal 0.9 WAR throughout the 2016 season. McCann’s playing time behind the plate diminished when the Yankees brought Gary Sanchez into the picture, and with Austin Romine on the roster, McCann has suddenly become an expendable piece this winter. If you were the Yankees manager, what would you do with Brian McCann?
As Brian McCann’s initial backup catcher, Austin Romine had a decent year, hitting .242/.269/.382 with four homers and 26 RBI’s. However, it’s hard to believe that Romine or McCann will be on the team next season. The Yankees usually don’t carry three catchers, and if the Yankees package Romine or McCann, they could get a decent return. However, if you were the Yankees manager, what would you do with Austin Romine?
In the words of John Sterling, “Gary is Scary”. And if you were the rest of the league, you would agree that Gary Sanchez is a player you don’t want to face. Sanchez only played in 53 games and hit .299/.376/.657 with 20 homers and 42 RBI’s. He also had a WAR of 3.0, which leaves you to imagine the impact Sanchez could have left had he played the entire season. Sanchez was so impressive during his two months on the diamond, he started finding himself in AL Rookie of the Year conversations. Sanchez is expected to be the Yankees catcher next season, and I’m sure most would want to keep him. But as a formality, what would you do with Gary Sanchez?
While everyone was impressed with Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin sort of flew under the Yankees radar. And while he didn’t put up monster numbers like Sanchez, when he hit homers he surely made them count. During his short stay with the Yankees in 2016, he notched his first walk-off home run and started his Major League career with a bang when he hit a home run in his first at-bat. Austin will find himself competing for a Major League job next Spring Training, but if you were Yankees management, what would you do with Tyler Austin?