The non-tender deadline has passed and with many players left without a contract, are there any that the Yankees should pursue?
It is important to realize that players who were not tendered a contract by their previous teams are not necessarily top tier talents. Most of them consist of veterans who don’t fit on the team any longer and the organization cannot justify paying a player that they don’t see helping the team. However, that does not mean that these players can’t go on to help other teams. Here are three non tendered players that the Yankees should go after.
Archie Bradley’s named swirled around at the trade deadline amongst Yankees fans due to the fact that the need for another veteran arm was present. Of course, the Yankees decided not to make any moves, and Bradley ended up with the Cincinnati Reds. Prior to being traded, Bradley spent the prior five and half years of his major league career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. While there, the right-hander posted serviceable numbers out of the bullpen, most notably in 2017 where he posted a 1.73 ERA in 63 games. Bradley would be able to step into the 7th inning role for the Yankees and help set up the eventual appearances of Britton and Chapman.
The Yankees clearly have some holes to fill on their team, one of them being the bullpen. What was once a shutdown bullpen is now a total question mark. After the non-tender of Johnathan Holder and Tommy Kahnle becoming a free agent due to his injury, the Yankees must bring in arms to replace them. Adam Ottavino seems to have completely lost it, leaving the only trusted arms left in the bullpen as Aroldis Chapman, Zach Britton, and Chad Green. Expect the Yankees to bring in another arm or two whether it be via the free-agent market or trade.