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  • Writer's picturePaul Semendinger

Yanks Get LH Outfielder!

December 5, 2023

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Alex Verdugo is a Yankee.



*** From MLBTR:


"The Yankees and Red Sox have lined up on a rare major trade. New York is acquiring Alex Verdugo for reliever Greg Weissert and prospects Richard Fitts and Nicholas Judice, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (X link)."


My Take: Quickly...


(I was just at Montclair University to see the Yogi Berra film, It Ain't Over. It is an amazing film!)


I like this deal.


Verdugo is good. He bats lefty. He has some pop and should hit more homers in Yankee Stadium. He is a lifetime .284 hitter.


It's a solid move. It gives them depth. It makes trading some outfield depth a little easier.


Right now, he slots in as the left fielder. He's a solid addition acquired for nothing more than some pitching depth.


One aspect of the best Yankees teams was they had depth. Real depth. Quality players on the bench. It is my hope that Juan Soto will be acquired. Verdugo would then be a bench player who could fake it in centerfield on occasion. (My goodness, at least he is an outfielder, not like some players the Yankees tried out there last year.)


There's also the hope that the 28-year-old Verdugo (in 2024) has a contract year explosion - as many players tend to before they hit free agency.


The Yankees acquired a player without giving up any important pieces. AS A FIRST STEP, this is a good deal. The left fielder in 2024 is already an improvement over 2023, but again, I see this as a depth move. I also believe that there is a possibility that he gets flipped in another trade...


If this is instead of Juan Soto, it's a disaster of a move.


(What is it with the Yankees and left-handed Red Sox outfielders: Johnny Damon, Jacoby Ellsbury, now Alex Verdugo?)




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17 Comments


Cary Greene
Cary Greene
Dec 06, 2023

Verdugo's left-handed swing is good for Yankee stadium, last season he pulled 38.2% of his batted balls while also making hard contact 35.2% of the time with a 33.8% fly ball rate. Verdugo is a solid 4th outfielder and a proven major leaguer on an expiring contract. Overall, he's a good fit for the Yankees in 2024.

Having Verdugo around will be akin to having, best case scenario, a player like former Rays OF Carl Crawford around during his prime. Crawford was worth 7.8 f-WAR during his age 28 season, after which he never had an f-WAR better than 2.4. Crawford happens to be one of PECOTA's player comps for Verdugo btw, so there is actual big data that suggests,…


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popsmcp
popsmcp
Dec 06, 2023

At least the Yankees now have a viable option for left field, another left handed bat ….and he didn’t break the bank or cost a haul of prospects. I give it a👍!

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fuster
Dec 06, 2023

Verdugo has good bat-to-ball skills and a fine throwing arm.


probably able to play either corner and center in an emergency.

they would still do well to sign Bellinger to play CF, needing only to avoid pandering to Boras' absurdist attempts to secure a contract of a decade's duration for Cody.


perhaps Verdugo will be shipped to San Diego as part of a package for Soto. this would be a great move for the Padres that will really improve the outfield defense.


of course, for the Yankees acquiring Soto only increases the need for an excellent, rangy centerfielder.


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Alan B.
Alan B.
Dec 06, 2023

And if that's the case, it still keeps Pereira here, and still helps Cashman to keep Florial out of the lineup as Dominguez's substitute.

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etbkarate
Dec 06, 2023

He's a ball player. Good move. In his walk year. But, didn't have to over pay. Now, get Bellinger!

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