Merry Christmas, everyone. Hope Santa visited all of you expecting him and that the rest of your day is restful and relaxing.
Since the Yankees still have one noticeable item left on their shopping list, I thought it might make sense to get a complete list of available outfielders. Fortunately, there’s one right here – scroll down a little – and it’s interesting to peruse the names.
Three that stick out for me? Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson and Jonny Gomes. Nady, obviously, you know about and the question with him is going to be his health. Two major surgeries is a lot for guy who isn’t a pitcher, but there’s no doubt that – when healthy – Nady can play.
Johnson doesn’t have great numbers but could be effective in a platoon (check out his splits) while Gomes has had a very up-and-down career but put together a pretty solid season last year with the Reds. He’s got some pop, has a fiery spirit and always struck me as a pretty courageous kid. His defense isn’t great, but any of the less-expensive guys will come with some warts. It’s just a matter of what the Yankees are willing to accept.
Could the Yankees end up with Matt Holliday? Sure. They could. They could also make a trade. But at this point it seems like the most likely scenario is for them to go with a lower-profile option in left, which is why there’s nothing wrong with mining this list for someone who might just turn out to be a real bargain.