The New York Yankees have a busy off-season ahead of them, especially in the winter months. Given their significant needs at shortstop and in the starting pitching rotation, we can expect the front office to be active with an open checkbook.
However, the Steinbrennerâ€™s will once again be upset they have to spend more money to create a winning team despite letting GM Brian Cashman sign multiple 5+ year contracts worth over $100 million.
As they did at the trade deadline this past season, the Yankees might look to utilize some of their existing talent to add players at different positions via trade.
Two players the Yankees should consider trading this off-season:
1.) Luke Voit
First baseman Luke Voit was heavily rumored to be a trade option at the deadline, but he survived and failed to make an impact the rest of the season. In 2021, Voit played in just 68 games, earning a .239 average with 11 homers and 35 RBIs. His 30.7% strikeout rate was a career-high and his defense locked.
If the Yankees are looking for more pitching, they could part ways with Voit for cash considerations or a potential player. Considering the team will be looking for a new shortstop, it is likely that DJ LeMahieu moves to first base on a permanent basis.
2.) Aaron Hicks
It is easier said than done to trade away Aaron Hicks, but heâ€™s been so inconsistent that the Yankees might consider parting ways. Hicks hasnâ€™t played in more than 59 games since 2018, signing a seven-year, $70 million deal to feature as the Yankees’ center fielder nonetheless. This past year, he played in just 32 games before suffering a season-ending injury, hitting .194 with a 23.8% strikeout rate.
The question is, what alternative team would be willing to give up assets for Hicks? Unless the Yankees were simply trying to get his contract off the books. Hicks is entering the fourth year of his seven-year deal, so unless he can remain healthy and contribute consistently next year, the Bomber should consider an alternative strategy.
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