To date, the Big Apple club has not fully defined who will be their starting shortstop and there are doubts about how they will complete their pitching rotation and even add one more element to the bullpen.
In addition, the general management led by Brian Cashman said at the end of last season that he will explore the market to add an outfielder who offers a good level of play, when Aaron Judge or Joey Gallo need rest.
One of the options that the Yankees could analyze regarding the outfield is the signing of the Venezuelan, Odubel Herrera, who returned to the majors in 2021 after serving time for domestic violence.
Herrera comes from participating in 124 games in which he averaged .260, 13 home runs and 51 RBIs with the Philadelphia Phillies. Although he is no longer the same player who attended the All-Star Game in 2016, his youth and left-handed bat could benefit those led by Aaron Boone.
In addition, his price in the market will not be one of the highest since Herrera projects to earn a salary of 2.5 million dollars, according to the specialized website Spotrac, which would not have a sudden impact on the team’s payroll.
The former Phillies player has the ability to play in all 3 outfield positions with a solid defense and would be a good backup in the final innings and an ideal substitute in the possible absence of Brett Gardner or the poor performance of Aaron Hicks. .
He has occasional power and provides balance to the lineup as a left-handed bat who could take advantage of the size of Yankee Stadium to record a significant share of home runs. You have to remember that in 2018 he hit 22 home runs.