Are The New York Yankees Making The Right Move With Pursuing Freddie Freeman?

The big names in the first base free-agent market are Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo. Both sluggers are about the same age and both are most likely going to be looking for at least a six-year deal and should be worth similar money. But despite Rizzo being in the Bronx at the end of the 2021 season, Freeman is the one rumored to be pursued by the Yankees once the lockout ends. But is Freeman the right fit for the Yankees?

The New York Yankees technically have first basemen on the roster in Luke Voit and have a few options for players that can play first base, DJ LeMahieu and Miguel Andujar are two names that come to mind, but are any of those options the best for the Yankees in 2022? Honestly, despite being decent at first base, I feel like LeMahieu would be wasted defensively at first since he is so valuable at other positions. Andujar on the other hand we honestly don’t know what he can do at first, we know what kind of bat he can provide, but the defense is what really matters. In my opinion, Voit should be the designated hitter for the Yankees, and spell the everyday first basemen once a week.

Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates after forcing out Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) for the final out in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Of the two big names, my gut would go with Freeman over Rizzo. Yes, they are both left-handed hitters, which we all know plays well at Yankee Stadium, but overall Freeman has been the model of consistency for so many years. We already saw that Rizzo can handle the Bronx, but I don’t think that Freeman would have any issues with not only the media but the fans as well. Freeman has been one of the most well-liked players over the past decade.

I would love to see the Yankees line up a defense that looks like this when the season finally takes place;

  • Catcher: Gary Sanchez
  • First Base: Freddie Freeman
  • Second Base: Gleyber Torres
  • Shortstop:
  • Third Base: DJ Lemahieu
  • Left Field: Giancarlo Stanton
  • Center Field: Aaron Hicks/Joey Gallo
  • Right Field: Aaron Judge

The addition of Freddie Freeman would not only give the Yankees a great mix of right and left-handed bats in the lineup but would give the team a sense of consistency at first base. The Yankees haven’t had consistency at first since Mark Teixeria retired back in 2016.

I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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