However, Saturday’s flurry of moves suggests the Yankees are going to have to wait until the Winter Meetings to pull something together.
The first domino to fall was the Yankees lucked out on Carlos Beltran. Beltran signed a one-year, $16 Million deal with the Houston Astros, which includes a no-trade clause. Beltran will reunite with ex-Yankee Brian McCann, who was traded to the Astros earlier this offseason.
The dominos continued to fall when reports revealed Rich Hill was close to a multi-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which took the Yankees out of the running for a potential starting pitcher.
So, what does that mean for the Yankees?
While the remaining pool for a DH is tempting, not all of the players would be a fit for the Yankees lineup. So which of the remaining players would fit on the Yankees?
Jose Bautista: Bautista is looking for a multi-year deal and he’s going to be pretty expensive. Not to mention, Bautista is 36. That reason alone is why the Yankees might steer clear of the former Blue Jays right fielder.
Edwin Encarnacion: With Beltran off the table, the Yankees might consider Encarnacion as an option to protect Gary Sanchez in the lineup. But the Yankees are trying to go under the luxury tax and signing Encarnacion to a gigantic contract could complicate that plan.
Mike Napoli: Mike Napoli is a known Yankees killer from his time with the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians. Which might be the perfect reason to sign him. Not to mention, Napoli is at the point of his career where he would accept a one to two year deal. He would also give the Yankees protection in front of Sanchez.
Chris Carter: There’s no denying that Carter has home run power. After all, he did lead the National League in home runs. However, he’s notoriously known for being a home run or strikeout hitter. Not to mention his .321 OBP wouldn’t exactly cut it in New York–Jacoby Ellsbury had about the same OBP in 2016 and faced criticism, although that might have had more to do with his contract. Anyway, could Carter be a fit? With his 202 strikeouts last year, probably not.
Matt Holliday: Holliday would be the perfect fit for the Yankees at the DH spot. Except for one tiny thing…he has a tendency of getting injured. Holliday only played in 110 games for the Cardinals in 2016, and only played 73 games for the Cardinals in 2015. In fact, the last time Holliday played at least 150 games was in 2014, where he played 153. The Yankees need a DH who is going to stay on the field. Which means signing Holliday would be a huge risk.