The New York Yankees‘ 2020 season relies on two things: Pitching and depth. The starting level talent for the Bombers remains among the best in baseball, but their depth could present an issue, especially if they suffer extensive injuries next season.
However, the firing of Matt Krause and hiring of Eric Cressey, a renowned strength and conditioning coach, should lower the amount of soft-tissue injuries and help the Yankees remain healthy moving forward. With depth being an issue and a lack of quality base runners, the return of Cameron Maybin is possible.
Maybin joined the Yanks on cash considerations in April of last year, playing in 82 games and posting some of the best production he’s seen during his career. His .285 batting average and 11 homers were both career highs, and factor in his nine stolen bases, and you can justify bringing him back on a one-year deal.
Just several years ago, Maybin posted 33 stolen bases, putting his speed and agility on display. The Yankees could use another top base runner, especially with the plethora of slower, sluggers that have in the batting order. Also, Maybin’s defense is solid, as he logged a .984 fielding percentage over 77 games. The only position he struggled in was left field, but he was perfect in right and center.
Cameron has yet to sign with another team and would be a cheap return option. Manager Aaron Boone raved about his veteran leadership in the locker room, which could be an important factor after the departure of both CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius. The Yankees did keep CC in the organization, which will undoubtedly benefit the plyers.
One reason GM Brian Cashman might pass on the veteran outfielder is due to Estevan Florial, who has similar tools to Maybin. If Florial can impress during spring training, he could get the call in 2020 to act as a reserve option.