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Non-Tender Contenders: Bradley and Dahl

With the non-tender deadline behind us, new players have been added to the free agent market. Two such players who should be of interest to the Yankees are outfielder David Dahl and reliever Archie Bradley.

With Jonathan Holder non-tendered by the team, Brett Gardner a free agent, and the need to upgrade over Mike Tauchman, the Yankees have room enough on their roster to fit one or both of these players. Dahl would slip into the fourth (or fifth if/when they bring back Gardner?) outfielder role with Bradley slotting in behind Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton for sure, and maybe Chad Green. Either way, he’d lengthen the bullpen considerably all by himself.

Considering that the Reds non-tendered Bradley for what appear to be purely financial reasons, there isn’t much of a baseball case against him. He’s a durable reliever–at least 70 innings every year since he’s been a full time RP (not counting the pandemic season of 2020) who’s gotten results and has closer experience. Adding that to your bullpen is practically a no-brainer.

But if I know that, so does every team in baseball and there’s sure to be stiff competition for Bradley and his services. This is where the Yankees can and should flex their financial muscles to beat out other teams. It’s their greatest advantage and to not use it is handicapping themselves for the benefit of other teams. For as cut and dried as Bradley’s case is, Dahl’s is a touch murkier.

Dahl’s biggest positive is his age. He’ll be just 27 on Opening Day, so he still has projection and time on his side. Add that to the fact that he’s got a solid track record already and it’s easy to see why he’d be desirable on the free agent market. Despite a down 2020, this lefty hitter’s got a career .348 wOBA and 101 wRC+, though 2020’s 10 (!) mark drags him down a lot. His other years have been 113, 110, and 110. He’s also got a nice career ISO at .208.

Additionally, he can play all over the outfield, including center, which the Yankees need in a backup outfielder. There’s some conflicting noise on the defensive metrics–Statcast loved him in 2019; UZR and DRS did not–but even so, it seems he can hold his own out there. Seems great, but…

Dahl is often injured. He’s never played more than 100 games in a season and missed all of 2017 with an injury. An injured back up or depth piece more or less defeats the purpose of being a back up or depth. And aside from the injury concern, there are practical concerns about his offensive game.

While Dahl has shown power–see that aforementioned ISO–he also comes with a lot of strikeouts. His career rate is 26.0%, having risen each year he’s been in the league, topping out at just over 28% in 2020. Now far be it from me to knock a guy for striking out too many times, especially if it comes with power. However, the lack of walks is concerning–6.5% for his career. When he makes contact, though, Dahl is obviously productive, hitting for relatively high averages.

Given that he comes from the Rockies, there’s the Coors factor to consider, but were he coming to Yankee Stadium, he’d still be in a hitter’s park, especially as a lefty hitter who’s pulled the ball around 40% of his time in the majors. If he adds a little loft to his swing, he can take advantage of right field and be a dangerous weapon off the bench or fill in…provided he’s healthy.

To varying degrees, both Archie Bradley and David Dahl would improve the Yankee roster. Given Dahl’s injury history and that there may be other options out there, I’d pick Bradley if I had to choose between the two. But the Yankees should try to angle for both. Even with competition, non-tendered players are definitely at a loss for leverage and may not have many enticing offers. The Yankees should lean into their finances to outbid other teams for these undervalued players.

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2020 Trade Deadline Thread

  • 4:00 p.m. EDT: Ding ding ding. Nothing for the Yankees today, unless we get a surprise late announcement like the Zack Greinke trade last year.
  • 3:40 p.m. EDT: Cashman has a few “narrowed-down” talks for relievers and position players. (Brendan Kuty)
  • 3:39 p.m. EDT: Boston makes a move. Kevin Pillar goes to the Rockies. (Mark Feinsand)
  • 3:34 p.m. EDT: Old friend alert. Milwaukee traded David Phelps to the Phillies. He reunites with another old friend, Joe Girardi. (Ken Rosenthal)
  • 3:19 p.m. EDT: The Yankees aren’t optimistic about getting a deal done, though they’ve been in touch on Gausman, Bundy, and Lynn. (Heyman)
  • 2:58 p.m. EDT: Another deal: Jonathan Villar from Miami to Toronto. (Ken Rosenthal)
  • 2:56 p.m. EDT: The Marlins are close to landing Marte. Take him off the Yankees’ wish list. (Craig Mish)
  • 2:22 p.m. EDT: The Diamondbacks appear likely to move OF Starling Marte for the best deal they can get by 4 p.m. The team does not intend to pick up his 2021 option, so a trade will have to do. (Joel Sherman)
  • 2:07 p.m. EDT: Texas “would love” to get Deivi García for Lynn. Duh. (T.R. Sullivan)
  • 1:52 p.m. EDT: The Blue Jays have acquired LHP Robbie Ray from Arizona. He’s been awful this year, but has been connected to the Yankees in the past. (Rob Longley)
  • 1:41 p.m. EDT: The Yankees have checked in on RHP Kevin Gausman. (Heyman)
  • 1:05 p.m. EDT: The Yankees have been in touch with the Rangers over the last 48 hours regarding Lynn. (Jon Morosi)
  • 12:40 p.m. EDT: The Rangers could be motivated to trade RHP Lance Lynn. The team may regret not dealing Minor last year, so they don’t want to make that mistake with Lynn while his value is high. (Joel Sherman)
  • 12:31 p.m. EDT: Another trade: LHP Mike Minor from the Rangers to the A’s for two players to be named later. Mark another pitcher off the board who could have fit the Yankees. (Jeff Passan)
  • 12:25 p.m. EDT: Radio silence in terms of Yankees-related rumors at this point. As per Martino’s report linked below, it sure seems possible that the Yankees don’t make any moves.
  • 11:15 a.m. EDT: Clevinger is off to San Diego. Cross one target off the Yankees’ list. (Robert Murray)
  • 10:25 a.m. EDT: The prices are too high for the Yankees at the moment. They’re not anywhere close on RHP Mike Clevinger or RHP Lance Lynn. It’s also not clear if San Francisco will move RHP Kevin Gausman. (Andy Martino)

T-minus six hours until the 4 p.m. EDT trade deadline. A number of trades went down yesterday — none of them involving the Yankees — and a few more are sure to occur today. We’ll update this post for any deals made and rumors involving the Yankees throughout the day. Here are the latest Yankees-related rumors:

  • The Yankees have talked to the Brewers about LHP Josh Hader, but there’s “no traction” there. They’ve also checked in on RHP Mike Clevinger. (Jon Heyman)
  • CF Starling Marte is on the Yankees’ radar. (Joel Sherman)
  • A deal for Marte could be expanded to include LHP Robbie Ray and/or RHP Archie Bradley. (Heyman)
  • The Yanks are reluctant to add any more salary via trade, which could make a Marte (or any other trade) complicated. (Ken Rosenthal)

To get you up to speed on official transactions, here are the moves from yesterday:

  • Boston traded 1B Mitch Moreland to San Diego for prospects 3B Hudson Potts and CF Jeisson Rosario.
  • Tampa Bay dealt DH José Martínez to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
  • Baltimore sent RHP Mychal Givens to Colorado in return for minor leaguers 1B/3B Tyler Nevin, SS Terrin Vavra, and a player to be named later.
  • The Angels moved C Jason Castro to San Diego for RHP Gerardo Reyes.
  • Seattle swapped UTIL Austin Nola, RHP Austin Adams, and RHP Dan Altavilla to San Diego for IF Ty France, C Luis Torrens, RHP Andres Munoz, and top OF prospect Taylor Trammell.
  • Baltimore dealt LHP Tommy Milone to Atlanta for a player to be named later.

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