The New York Yankees’ problematic roster construction was exposed during the 2023 MLB season. The lack of depth and consistent injuries put the team on the back foot and pushed them farther from a possible comeback. Needless to say, those shortcomings will be addressed ahead of the 2024 season opening day.
The Yankees possess a crowded infield and catching depth. Thus, shedding off the depth remains the need of the hour. On the contrary, the outfield has only one permanent member in the form of Aaron Judge, who plays right field. Amid this, an MLB insider suggested a scenario wherein the Yanks can attain the services of a notable outfielder to build a heavyweight trio.
Yankees Can Acquire Both Cody Bellinger And Juan Soto This Off-Season, Says MLB Insider
MLB insider Bob Nightengale of USA Today suggested a scenario that has sent waves of excitement among the Yankee fanbase. Bob says the Bronx Bombers possess the opportunity to form a formidable outfield trio of Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, and Juan Soto. While some might see it as a pipe dream, Nightengale views it as a possibility. Judge stays locked in for the next eight years. Moreover, Cody Bellinger remains a free agent with Giants and Yanks listed as joint strong suitors. Juan Soto, meanwhile, has a year left on with a team struggling to meet financial needs, the San Diego Padres. Thus, both Bellinger and Soto could be dealt this off-season under favorable circumstances.
Juan Soto, the dynamic young outfielder, has been a standout performer for the Padres. Imagining Soto roaming the expansive outfield at Yankee Stadium adds a new dimension to the Bronx Bombers’ offensive arsenal. On the other hand, Cody Bellinger, a former NL MVP, brings a combination of power and defensive prowess to the outfield. His ability to impact the game with both his bat and his glove aligns seamlessly with the Yankees’ tradition of well-rounded players who thrive under the spotlight. However, turning the pipe dream into reality will require a lot of guts from the Yankee front office. The financial implication of these two acquisitions will turn Hal Steinbrenner’s budget upside down. Thus, all the aspects need to be assessed carefully to form the star-studded trio.
New Competitors Enters Bidding War For Cody Bellinger!
The New York Yankees have reportedly positioned themselves as strong contenders for free agent Cody Bellinger’s services. However, a new competitor emerged from the shadows to bid for Bellinger. “The Yankees and San Francisco Giants remain widely viewed as the co-favorites now to sign free-agent center fielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger,” Bob Nightengale said. As the free agency saga unfolds, Cody’s situation is getting murkier.
The prospect of Cody Bellinger donning the iconic pinstripes has generated buzz not only for the potential on-field impact but also for the narrative it creates. Bellinger, a star with a proven track record on one of baseball’s grandest stages, joining forces with the Yankees would undoubtedly be a storyline to watch in the upcoming season. Now, it’s up to the front office to take the final call.