Underrated Free Agents The Yankees Should Target

Free Agents

LHP J.A. Happ (Age-33 season in 2016)

2015 Stats: 172 IP, 3.61 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 151-45 K-BB, 0.84 HR/9, .312 BABIP

J.A. Happ was quietly one of the better middle tier arms in the major leagues in 2015, and certainly one of the more impactful midseason additions. He pitched to a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates, having starting his season with the Seattle Mariners. Not a hard thrower, he relies on a bevy of breaking balls to keep people off of his fastball. Look for him to continue to be a middle of the rotation workhorse.

Suggested Contract: 3 years, $ 33 million with a vesting option for Year 4

OF Chris Young (Age-32 season in 2016)

2015 Stats: .252/ .320/ .453, 14 HR, 20 2B, 3-for-4 SB, 1.2 WAR

Well technically, this is resigning your own free agent. Chris Young hammered southpaws to a tune of .327/ .397/ .575 with 7 HR in 175 plate appearances. Although his defense is only passable (-3 DRS, -2.5 UZR/150), his ability to play all three outfield spots would be helpful. The Yankees could bring him back if they are able to move some pieces around. His right handed bat would be a change from all the lefties patrolling the outfield for New York.

Suggested Contract: 1 year, 7 million with a player option for Year 2

RHP Joakim Soria (Age-32 season in 2016)

2015 Stats: 67.2 IP, 24 Saves, 2.53 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 64-19 K-BB, 8.5 K/9

A versatile reliever with closing experience, Soria ended his year with the Pirates as well, posting a 2.03 ERA serving as a bridge to Mark Melancon. He features a four pitch mix, which is uncommon. He had a home run problem early in the season (Gave up 8 in 41 innings), but didn't give up another during his time with the Pirates. He could be part of a shutdown relief corp with Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.

Suggested Contract: 2 years, 16 million

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