The New York Yankees are expected to be big players in free agency this offseason. While they will likely pursue big-name starting pitchers like Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, New York will undoubtedly need to make some smaller additions as well.
No matter what the the Yankees decide to do with the top-tier free agents, here are three under-the-radar names they could consider signing this offseason.
1. Asdrubal Cabrera, Utility Infielder, Washington Nationals
The Yankees have a big decision on their hands regarding one of their own free agents, Didi Gregorious. If New York elects not to bring him back though, Asdrubal Cabrera could be a solid stop-gap option. Fresh off a World Series win with the Washington Nationals, Cabrera is a versatile infielder who can play multiple positions. He's coming off a season that saw him hit 18 homers with an impressive 91 RBI, the most since his 2011 season with the Cleveland Indians. Cabrera has experience playing in New York with the Mets and could be a great addition to the Yankees.
2. Russell Martin, Catcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
Austin Romine is another impending Yankees' free agent, which could create an opening at the backup catcher position. While Gary Sanchez is the arguably best power-hitting backstop in baseball, his defense often leaves something to be desired. Russell Martin had two productive seasons in pinstripes from 2011-12, and would provide the team with a versatile backup option. Considering he'll be 37 years old by the time next season starts, Martin isn't likely to command a big contract, and he could provide New York with some much-needed depth.
3. Cole Hamels, Starting Pitcher, Chicago Cubs
Cole Hamels isn't the pitcher that he once was, but he's still a serviceable starter. He had a 7-7 record with a 3.81 ERA and 143 strikeouts last season, and he'll come much cheaper than Cole or Strasburg would. Hamels will be 36 years old by the time next season starts, and while he's not the ace he used to be, he'd be a great third or fourth option for the Yankees.
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