As you read this right now, The Yankees are in the thick of a pennate race. But it is never too early to look ahead at what the time should look like next season. Here are Four players the Yankees need to re-sign for next season.
This upcoming free agency class is going to include some massive names like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but the Yankees should consider re-signing some of the players who are currently on the roster as well.
Let’s take a look at who the Yankees should re-sign at season’s end:
1. J.A. Happ
When the Yankees acquired on July 26, most people just expected to get an innings eater. However, Happ has been just the opposite. He has been solid since he became a Yankee, in 40.2 innings, Happ is 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA, 40 Ks, and only nine walks. Happ has been just what the Yankees needed, which is why they should re-sign him at the end of the season.
(I propose a one-year/10 mil contract.) The Yankees need to have an end of the rotation starter because we all saw what its like to have German and Cessa there.
2. David Robertson
David Robertson has been a staple in the Yankees bullpen since he was acquired back from the White Sox’s last year. While Robertson started off the year cold and gave up a couple of big home runs, he settled down and has been the David Robertson from last year.
In 59 Games this Year, Houdini is 8-3 with a 2.85 ERA and 80 Ks. The reason why the Yankees need to keep D-Rob is that of his ability to be put in the game in any role. He can be a closer one game, the set-up man or a mid reliever. The Yankees also need to keep that arm because he has one of the best curves in baseball, as well as a Moe, taught cutter.
3. Zach Britton
Britton does have talent, he is starting to show flashes of the pitcher he was before his injuries. The Yankees have been looking for a good lefty bullpen arm that is not Chapman for a while now. We all remember the Shreve experiment.
Britton has not been the greatest since joining the Yankees, there are times when he can’t find the zone. But as each appearance goes on, we are starting to see the guy that converted 53 straight saves, including a perfect save season in 2016. When Britton is on, he can be one of the best pitchers in baseball. He is a bullpen pitcher the Yankees cannot let go. I would go ahead and give him a three or four-year contract averaging 12-15 million a year.
4. Andrew McCutchen
This one might be surprising to some people. Resigning Cutch means that the Yankees will let Brett Gardner walk. I have always been a huge fan of Brett the Jet, but this year he has shown signs for regression. He had only one good month.
McCutchen is a career .287 hitting with a .377 OBP. He is a great leadoff hitting. Cutch is one of the most disciplined hitters in baseball, he rarely swings at pitches out of the zone which results in him taking walks. He is also a great defender which a good arm. Cash should offer him a two-year averaging 12-14 mil a year.
The Yankees are surely not going to re-sign all of these players, but they will surely give it their best effort if they feel like there isn’t a better replacement.