The postseason without the New York Yankees is like a birthday party without cake, but it’s time to scout the 2019 free agents still playing.
As a New York Yankees fan, you might be struggling to find a reason to watch the rest of the 2018 MLB playoffs. Some will turn on the Red Sox games to root for Boston to get blown out, but there’s a more Yankee-centric reason to follow the action.
The Yankees have a lot going for them heading into 2019, but they’ll have to add some reinforcements via free agency if they want to go deeper into October next time around. As Yankees GM Brian Cashman said after the 2018 ALDS loss, per MLB.com’s David Adler, “The Yankees are about championships.”
That means it’s time for you to start forming an opinion about what pieces the Yankees should add in the offseason. Several of those pieces are still playing, and tracking them through October will give you plenty of ammunition in barroom baseball arguments.
Here’s a list of the remaining playoff teams’ free agents you can evaluate from your couch:
2018 postseason: .286 BA, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Speculation about Machado signing with the Yankees started swirling around almost as soon as he hit the Big Leagues as a teenager. Miguel Andujar’s emergence has severely complicated that discussion, though.
Andujar is the much better deal if he can keep hitting like he did in his rookie year, but his defense is a real hazard the Yankees have to consider.
Another thing about Machado is that it might take extra money to convince him to move back to third base. Since Didi Gregorius is going to miss the start of 2019 because of Tommy John surgery, the Bombers could sign Machado to play short.
Gregorius is a free agent in 2020, so if the Yankees grab Machado, Didi could be on the trading block. That might be a hard sell to a Yankees fan base that loves their current shortstop.