The New York Yankees roster construction for the 2023 MLB season was highly problematic. It lacked balance of young and veteran players, and the batting lineup stayed heavily dominant by right-handed hitters. Moreover, the lack of left-handed pitchers also contributed to the team’s forgetful campaign.
Having said that, due to bad roster composition, several players had to split time between two positions, and many adapted themselves into utility roles. Infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa was one of them. With trade risk hanging over his shoulders, IKF transformed and adjusted well to the new role. Having said that, IFK’s 2023 season moves could make a prime free agency target this off-season.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa Attains Interest From AL-East Contenders!
Isiah Kiner-Falefa, primarily a versatile infielder, joined the Yankees with high expectations after an impressive stint with the Texas Rangers. However, the transition to the pinstripes has presented challenges for the 28-year-old player. Owing to an underwhelming couple of seasons, IFK lost his shortstop spot to rookie Anthony Volpe during the 2023 season spring training. Therefore, to save his spot on the roster, the infielder turned into a utility player overnight and took the entire club by surprise. In 2023, he played all positions except for catcher and first base. IFK even closed multiple games for the Bronx Bombers when bullpen arms struggled to come through.
Having said that, Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s newly discovered utility skill has made him a hot seller this off-season. The impending free agent is a person of interest for Yankees AL-East rivals Toronto Blue Jays. The Toronto Blue Jays, looking to fortify their roster and address outfield needs, have honed in on Kiner-Falefa as a potential acquisition to bolster their depth. IFK’s newly discovered outfield capabilities make him an intriguing proposition for the Blue Jays. Moreover, his adaptability to different positions could prove valuable in navigating the rigors of a demanding season. While IKF enjoyed his time in the Bronx, his stint will surely come to an end this off-season. Undoubtedly, the utility player showcased extreme commitment to the franchise. However, the complicated nature of roster composition disallows the Bombers to offer him an extension deal.
Yankees Cody Bellinger Pursuit Likely To Fall Apart!
Chicago Cubs outfielder Cody Bellinger registered a breakout season in 2023 and thus upped his stakes in the ongoing off-season. The free agent is likely to receive over a $100 million contract, and the New York Yankees are listed as prime suitors. They have been onto Cody since the mid-season trade deadline. However, the latest rumors have it that the much-anticipated acquisition could fall apart.
As per Brendan Kuty of The Athletic, Cody Bellinger’s initial asking price is too steep. If the outfielder persists with his demand and refuses to bow, the potential deal could most likely fall apart. If so happens, it would be no less than a disastrous setback for the Yankees. They were actively seeking him as a left-field solution, and if he slips out of their gap, the market for outfielders is not too great to look for alternatives.