The New York Yankees are one of the MLB teams with the most free agents to-be.
The Bombers have nine players hitting the market, and they will be available to other teams just for money.
“The MLBPA announced that 131 players are now free agents, including #AaronJudge. New York Yankees (9): Andrew Benintendi, Zack Britton, Matt Carpenter, Miguel Castro, Aroldis Chapman, Marwin Gonzalez, Chad Green, Aaron Judge, Jameson Taillon,” Yankees insider Bryan Hoch tweeted.
The MLBPA announced that 131 players are now free agents, including #AaronJudge.
New York Yankees (9): Andrew Benintendi, Zack Britton, Matt Carpenter, Miguel Castro, Aroldis Chapman, Marwin Gonzalez, Chad Green, Aaron Judge, Jameson Taillon
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) November 6, 2022
The Yankees, if they want to keep contending in the foreseeable future, need to make sure they keep Judge around.
Not only did he establish a new record for most home runs over a single season in the American League with 62, but he also contended for the AL Triple Crown by slashing .311/.425/.686.
The Yankees Need To Make Sure Judge Returns
In a season in which pitching was the most dominating force, Judge managed to slug almost .700 points, which is mind-blowing.
Since he rejected $230 million before the big season he just had, it’s likely that Judge’s next contract surpasses $300 million.
And he deserves every penny.
Of the other free agents on the list, the most likely to return is Benintendi.
The Yankees like what he offered on offense and defense, and may seek to bring him back.
Carpenter and Taillon have an outside shot at returning, but likely won’t be first options, which means that them coming back would depend on what the Yankees do in the offseason.
Britton, Green, and Castro are unlikely to return, and the odds of the Yankees re-signing Chapman are close to zero.
It will be a busy offseason for the Yankees, but the number one priority will be ensuring their franchise player returns, whatever the cost.