Yankees Free Agents: Players Who'd Best Fit Joe Girardi's Strategy

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Yankees Free Agents: Players Who'd Best Fit Joe Girardi's Strategy
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The New York Yankees are a team looking to vastly improve this offseason, as a lack of postseason hitting and aging veterans were the two major downfalls to the team last season.

Manager Joe Girardi will be returning next season, so it's general manager Brian Cashman's job to give Girardi the players he needs to fulfill the ultimate goal—winning the World Series.

There are several players on the free-agent market who fit the strategies Girardi likes to play by. He loves matchups, making several bullpen pieces on the market interesting options. He also loves pitchers who can go deep into games (who doesn't, really?), and there are several pitchers who fit that mold.

Other needs are not as obvious. Girardi would love to have a younger, more versatile reserve infielder not named Eduardo Nunez. He also needs someone who can handle the pitching staff, but also handle the bat as well.

Cashman really has his work cut out for him this offseason. If he abides by Girardi's wishes and signs players that fit his strategies, the Yankees will be better off during this upcoming season.

Note: Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte are not included in this slideshow, as it's a near lock that they will either be rejoining the Yankees or retiring.

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