Saturday, October 17, 2015

Quick Hit: Replacing Chris Young on the Yankees Bench

The New York Yankees will have three major, for lack of a better word, free agents at the end of the 2015 World Series. Chris Capuano, who will unlikely be back with the team in 2016, Stephen Drew, who if he came back it would likely be as a bench piece to replace or complement Brendan Ryan, and Chris Young, who may be the toughest of the three to replace. The Yankees need right-handed power in their outfield with Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran, who is a switch hitter but who hits much better left-handed, and may have more than a few names to choose from assuming they don't hand the job to Aaron Judge or bring Young back for a third season.

Steve Pearce is no stranger to a Yankees uniform and no stranger to playing the outfield in the American League East. Taking away from the Baltimore Orioles is one thing, adding his potent bat to the team (who can also play first base) would be ideal if Young decides to walk.

Austin Jackson is another player that is no stranger to Yankees pinstripes, New York drafted him and traded him to the Detroit Tigers in the Curtis Granderson deal. Jackson can play all three center field positions, which Joe Girardi and the Yankees like, and possibly has enough pop to justify a cheap contract on a one-year deal.

Marlon Byrd likely wants a starting job but if he can be talked into "chasing a ring" then why not, right?

Drew Stubbs is terrible... unless he faces left-handed pitching. The 2016 version of Chris Young?

If Jonny Gomes didn't work out as an outfielder he may be a halfway decent right-handed relief pitcher?

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