Max Scherzer, Hanley Ramirez to Yankees?
The reputable baseball rumor site, MLBtraderumors, has listed its Top 50 MLB free agents for this offseason -- as well as predictions of where each will end up.
Interestingly enough, the site predicts three of the top 50 to be in Pinstripes next season, including #1 (Max Scherzer), #4 (Hanley Ramirez) and #47 (Jason Grilli).
The site anticipates Scherzer getting approximately 7 years, $175 million. He's 30-years old, and definitely the best arm on the market. He's 39-8 over the past two seasons and has a Cy Young to his resume.
He's workhorse, but is a 30-year old worth a 7-year deal? Or will this continue to set back the Yankees, who have been needing to get younger.
Also interesting, Hanley Ramirez, the best position player on the Top 50, is projected to succeed Derek Jeter at shortstop. Also 30, Hanley is projected to get a six-year deal. The Yanks were unwilling to give Robinson Cano a 10-year deal a season ago, would they go 6-7 for this Dominican superstar?
A powerful right-handed bat that can run, Ramirez makes any team better, but injuries are a major sticking point for any team that signs him. He has played more than 100 games just twice in the last four seasons.
Even with that, he played 157 games in 2012, but still only played 128 this past season after playing only 92 in 2011 and 86 in 2013.
He's a career .300 hitter and would fit well in the culture of New York, but is he the guy to replace Jeter?
Also, as stated above. The Yankees need to get younger. Signing both of these guys will undoubtedly cost the Yankees draft picks and hurt that ability, is it worth it?