Fighting to stay above .500 was not how the New York Yankees expected to spend the 2023 season but it’s where they have found themselves, facing an offseason with a lot of questions and a roster looking at change.
Dylan Carlson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Coming off ankle surgery that ended his season early and an overall down year at the plate, Carlson’s trade value may be at its lowest. There’s no guarantee the Cardinals will even entertain moving him this offseason, let alone selling low, but the club does have depth in the outfield and could look to trade some of it to address other needs. That doesn’t mean the Yankees shouldn’t try to acquire him, a move they really should have considered at last summer’s trade deadline.
A switch-hitter, Carlson could give the Yankees options in the outfield next season with his ability to handle all three positions. New York will likely be in need of an outside addition to the outfield mix with Jasson Dominguez’s injury ruling him out at least until next summer. Carlson could cover center field until that time before moving to left.
Jordan Hicks, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Hicks’s market is tough to predict, but so too are the Yankees’ motives. While the club likely should be focused on adding depth to the rotation it won’t be out of character to see them address their bullpen, especially if they listen to offers on incumbent closer Clay Holmes. There could be room for New York to add a piece that will figure into the backend mix.
Hicks just turned 27 in September and his age may work in his favor with this market, as he’s one of the younger arms available. The live-armed right-handed had consistent production in St. Louis for much of his career and has been solid for the Blue Jays since being traded there this summer.
Joey Wendle, IF, Miami Marlins
New York isn’t going to be in the mix for a big addition to the infield. The club could use a regular third baseman but appears likely to give DJ LeMahieu a shot at the role. With Gleyber Torres, Anthony Volpe, and Oswald Pereza likely secure in their roster spots that leaves room only for a utility option to help provide depth.
Wendle spent much of 2023 as Miami’s primary shortstop but he’s likely better suited for a utility role. The left-handed hitter holds a .264/.313/.388 line for his career with the A’s, Rays, and Marlins. He doesn’t hit for much power with just 32 career home runs, but he can hit the ball to the gaps and has a pair of 30+ double seasons.
Source: Yard Baker