Keith Law for The Athletic
has an article about the Yankees' off-season and his own educated guesses as to what they could do based on what they need. It's subscription so am only sharing a few bits.
First, Law echoes what JA and EE and others have been stating for the past week: you don't fire Boone and Cashman unless you're "guy in the car on WFAN" and still stuck in a previous century Steinbrenner winning state-o-mind:
He talks about how Cashman willingly going glove-first at C and SS going into 2023 worked out (as expected; the defense was welcomed but the NYY offense had a sharp dropoff in their 1-9 lineups as a result, although Jose Trevino's great D and 11HR career year was gravy). About that offense:
Law mentions two possible FA bats that might make sense (Brandon Nimmo and to a lesser degree Brian Reynolds). His out-of-the-box take is that the Yankees sign one of the elite SS free agents and move them to 3B. IKF keeps SS warm for Volpe and Josh Donaldson cameos as veteran presence from the bench until Cashman tricks someone into taking him in a deadline deal next year.
[As a Sox fan I'd rather they pull the fork out of Josh Donaldson's back, polish it up, stick it back in, and pretend he's their full-time 3B in 2023.]
Law thinks their biggest issue in getting over HOU's juggernaut is more offense. He doesn't float any FA names for pitching since most of the rotation is locked up through 2023 (Severino) or later (Cole, Cortes, German, Montas). I suspect the Yankees would want someone though; I'm of the mind that Cortes is good but regresses back to good in 2023 from the great he was in 2022 based on xERA, xFIP, BABIP etc. German is 4-5 at best at this point. The Yankees haven't really gone all in with full-on cheap reclamation projects on one-year deals as a strategy but maybe they start to this winter.