Back in January, the Yankees were looking at Tom Goodwin and Doug Glanville as back-up CFers, to give Bernie a rest, etc.
They opted for Glanville, and ended up cutting him in Spring Training. Goodwin went to camp with the Devil Rays and also ended up getting cut.
Tom eventually signed with an Independent League team in AC. And, so far, he’s doing very well there: Through 7/22, his BA/OBP/SLG is .304/.380/.436 in 195 ABs.
Granted, yes, this is the Atlantic League and not the bigs. But, guys have gone to the Atlantic League and been able to use that to get back to the majors – just ask Ruben Sierra.
Now, there are bad sides to Goodwin. He cannot hit lefties – at all. And, he’s 36. And, he does not have the arm that you want a CF to have for you. But, he can run and he can chase down fly balls. And, if you wanted him, he would cost you nothing.
If the Yankees end up focusing on the Endy Chavez and Eric Byrnes types for their CF needs, why not just take Goodwin instead? Yes, it’s not the perfect answer. But, it’s an answer as good as they will probably get – and it comes at a bargain price.