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Yankees Rumors: Five Free Agents the Yankees Should Target This Offseason

The Yankees must figure out how to stay more consistent. It might come through free agency, or it could happen through trading. But the Yankees must be active in the offseason to build a team that can contend deeper into the playoffs. Let's get into it.
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Yankees Rumors: Five Free Agents the Yankees Should Target This Offseason

The New York Yankees had a fun year in 2022. They won 99 games and watched Aaron Judge break multiple records with 62 home runs and over 130 RBIs.

The Yankees already brought back Anthony Rizzo. That should help moving forward. But the Yankees must figure out how to stay more consistent throughout the MLB season.

It might come through free agency, or it could happen through trading. But the Yankees must be active in the offseason to build a team that can contend deeper into the playoffs.

Here are five targets that the Yankees should consider heading into the Winter Meetings.

Five Free Agents Yankees Should Consider for 2023

1. Aaron Judge, OF

This is obvious. The Yankees need to bring Aaron Judge back home. It might not be in their hands. The San Francisco Giants have become the favorites to land Judge. Judge even moved "New York" from his Instagram bio already. Fans booed him when he struggled and acted like he was the best player to play the game in the same season.

Yankees fans didn't help this situation at all. But after hitting .311 with 62 home runs and 131 RBIs, the Yankees need to do whatever they can to bring back their homegrown slugger.

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2. Koudai Senga, SP

The Yankees got some great pitching from Masahiro Tanaka when he signed in 2014. Tanaka had a career 3.74 ERA with over 1,000 innings pitched, with 78 wins and 46 losses.

Tanaka was New York's best pitcher for some years. They've had success with Japanese pitchers. There's no reason why Koudai Senga can't be the next Tanaka in New York.

Senga's only 29 years old. He's pitched 11 seasons in Japan with a 2.32 ERA. He's also earned 104 wins and has struck out ten batters every nine innings.

Yes, the MLB is more competitive, but scouts believe that Senga could produce in the MLB. The Yankees can replace Jameson Taillon with Senga and be set.

3. Michael Conforto, OF

Yankees fans fell in love with Matt Carpenter's power last season. Michael Conforto has much more in the tank, despite sitting out last season due to injury.

Conforto is a left-handed hitter who already has 132 home runs since starting his career in 2015. He would fit Yankee Stadium perfectly.

His stats from 2021 are a bit confusing, but in 2020, Conforto hit .322 with nine home runs in 54 games. As long as he's been working out and staying in shape, he'll likely put up much better numbers than he did in 2021. Yankee Stadium would be a cheat code for the left-hander.

4. Cody Bellinger, OF

The same could be said for Cody Bellinger. I doubt the Yankees go after both of these players. But Bellinger is another left-handed slugger who was once the MVP.

He only hit .210 last season but still had 19 home runs with 68 RBIs. He's going to be a strikeout or home run type of hitter. Yankees fans are used to that. Matt Carpenter comes to mind when thinking about home runs and strikeouts.

But the raw power from Bellinger is legitimate. If New York thinks that they can tune up his swing and make him more consistent, Bellinger would be a real fit for the Yankees.

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5. AJ Pollock, OF

The Yankees can't have all the left-handed bats. They need some balance. What if Judge seriously departs New York and goes to San Francisco? The Yankees would need some right-handed help. Pollock is hit a .276 batting average for his career and is coming off 14 home runs in just 138 games last season for the White Sox.

He didn't get to play every day, and that could've hurt his production. When he played with the Dodgers a couple of seasons ago, he smacked 21 home runs and 69 RBIs in just 117 games. He also had 27 doubles in that season.

Pollock is more of a platoon hitter, but he could put up some serious numbers against lefties when guys like Conforto and Bellinger simply can't.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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