After Saturday night’s non-tender deadline, the full free agent market has now taken shape. MLBTradeRumors has the complete list of non-tenders. The site also has a list of standouts. Chien-Ming Wang, obviously, makes the standout list.
A few names that might make sense for the Yankees.
Remember, a lot of these guys might be available on fairly reasonable contracts, maybe even minor league deals.
RHP Matt Capps: Coming off a bad year, Capps was solid as the Pirates closer in 2007 and 2008. He doesn’t walk many guys. Depending on the price, he might be worth a look as a potential seventh or eighth inning reliever. He’s only 26.
1B Ryan Garko: Even in a down year, Garko hit .308/.391/.479 against left-handed pitchers. A platoon of Garko and Juan Miranda at designated hitter? In theory, it’s worth looking into, but Garko is pretty much limited to first base when he plays the field (he has some experience in the outfield corners and he caught in the minors) and I’m not sure it’s wise to carry three first basemen. If the Yankees signed a left-handed outfielder/DH — you know who I’m thinking of — then Garko might make some sense.
3B Garrett Atkins: Another right-handed hitter with power. He doesn’t play third base well, but he could play third and first on days Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira start at DH. Good opportunity to buy low on a guy who had at least 21 home runs and 99 RBIs for three years in a row. Keep in mind, he was helped considerably by playing in Coors Field where he’s a career .327/.385/.507 hitter.
RHP Clay Condrey: Veteran long reliever who generates a lot of groundballs and doesn’t walk many guys. He made $650,000 this year, so he wouldn’t be expensive and might be available on a minor league deal. I saw him quite a bit in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre back when the Phillies Triple-A team was there. He’s a nice pitcher, good long man to have at the back of the bullpen.
C John Buck: A 29-year-old major league veteran with some power. Could the Yankees could get him on a minor league deal to play in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as this year’s Kevin Cash?