Joc Pederson has the magic touch of late. The 29-year-old outfielder just won the World Series with the Atlanta Braves after winning the World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020. Now he finds himself a free agent for a second consecutive offseason.
Pederson is a power threat from the left side. He can play all three outfield positions with an emphasis on left and center field while also having brief starting experience at first base. Power and defensive versatility is what a team is signing up for in Pederson.
Here are three ideal free agent destinations for Joc Pederson.
3) Joc Pederson gives the New York Yankees versatility
The Yankees are in an offseason holding pattern, and that’s not just because the sport is in a lockout. They’ve been deadly silent on the free agent market outside of a couple minor re-signings and have questions all over their infield. Pederson can make an impact for the Yankees in a variety of roles.
As it concerns first base, chances are Pederson wouldn’t be the everyday player at the position. That said, his ability to play the position gives them depth as Anthony Rizzo remains on the open market and Luke Voit was essentially phased out of the rotation last season.
Pederson would be a fourth outfielder for the Yankees and potentially part of a legitimate four-man outfield rotation, as the team’s presumed left and center fielders (Joey Gallo and Aaron Hicks) are inconsistent at the plate. In Hicks’ case, he’s returning from a season-ending wrist injury.
Joc Pederson stats (2021): .238/.310/.422, 18 home runs and 61 RBIs across 429 at-bats
One way or another, manager Aaron Boone needs outfield depth. At the plate, Pederson gives New York another considerable power threat from the left side who would add more balance to their combination of left and right-handed hitters.
All that being said, the Yankees may refrain from signing Pederson considering that he strikes out a lot (New York’s outfielders have been prone to strikeouts) and subsequently look to fill out their outfield from the inside.