The offseason is still young but that does not mean that the New York Yankees have not shown interest in multiple free agents so far.
Despite deploying holes in their starting rotation, the New York Yankees have made it clear that they will be looking for an everyday DH this offseason as well as some bullpen help.
According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, two more free agents that the Yankees have connected with are outfielder Dexter Fowler and 1B/DH Mike Napoli. Both of these hitters could bring an offensive force in the Yankees lineup throughout the next few years.
If the Yankees come to the conclusion that Dexter Fowler should be their big signing this winter, then he will surely bring some surely needed pop into the leadoff spot in the lineup. In 2016, Fowler batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI’s in 125 games where he was also an all-star.
Let’s say this deal does happen. It would likely mean that Brett Gardner would most likely be traded which would then open up a spot in the outfield for the switch-hitter.
The second name that Heyman mentioned was Mike Napoli, longtime Red Sox first baseman who was a Yankee killer when he was with Boston. Napoli would surely fill a void as the designated hitter and if he replicates his 2016 success than the Yankees will certainly bring some much-needed pop in their lineup.
In 2016, Napoli batted .239/.335/.465 with 34 home runs and 101 RBI’s with the American league champion Cleveland Indians. The Yankees could certainly use a hitter with this type of production in their lineup for 2017.