In addition to their 2 qualifying offer candidates, the Yankees have a handful of free agents to be who are either not eligible for or not worthy of QO consideration. Some of these players could be and probably should be high priorities for the Yankees this coming offseason, and they’ll warrant serious consideration for being re-signed, especially since they don’t come with draft pick compensation attached.
Since the format for the QO case posts stimulated a lot of good debate, I think we’ll stick with that to break down the rest of these free agent cases. First up from this list of non-QO guys is Chase Headley. He shined in 58 games after being acquired before the trade deadline and was the first consistent above-average producer at the position for the Yanks since 2011-2012.
- Major Defensive Upgrade- Headley was an elite-level defensive player in 2014. His 13 defensive runs saved was 3rd best among qualified third basemen and his 28.0 UZR/150 was tops.