By Chad Jennings

Chase Headley

Each offseason, it’s pretty easy to find free agent rankings. And it’s just as easy to, one by one, cross those free agents off the list.

These are the the position players who ranked among the top 25 free agents according to MLB Trade Rumors. I’m choosing their list just because, I don’t know, it’s just the one I picked, and the point is the same regardless of the source: It’s not even Thanksgiving and a lot of the top hitters are already off the market.

Here, I’m listing only the positions players — with their overall ranking on the MLBTR list — because it’s the position market that’s seen the most movement this winter. The pitching market really hasn’t done much. It’s worth noting that guys who might interested the Yankees — guys like Stephen Drew, Rickie Weeks and recently re-signed Chris Young — did not fall within MLB Trade Rumors top 25.

Here are the names initially considered to be among the best position players available. The top tier has been chipped away. How many of the remaining hitters truly fit the Yankees roster?

4. Hanley Ramirezsigned with Red Sox
Top position player on the market; also one of the most significant injury risks.

5. Pablo Sandovalsigned with Red Sox
Top third baseman on the market; solves infield issue in Boston.

6. Victor Martinezre-signed with Tigers
Top pure hitter on the market; signed through his late-30s.

7. Melky Cabrerastill available
Coming off a bounce-back season; Yankees not in the market for an outfielder.

8. Russell Martin — signed with Blue Jays
Top catcher on the market; turned resurgent season into five-year deal.

9. Nelson Cruzstill available
Coming off career-high 40 homers; Yankees are committed at DH and right field.

10. Yasmany Tomasstill available
The top international free agent; another outfielder who doesn’t fit the current Yankees roster.

16. Chase Headleystill available
Yankees showed immediate interest; strong fit as mid-season addition in 2014.

19. Aramis Ramirez re-signed with Brewers
Never truly a free agent; mutual option exercised to keep Ramirez in Milwaukee.

20. Colby Rasmus still available
Inconsistent but still young; Yankees have no need for another left-handed center fielder.

21. Jed Lowriestill available
Could be an option at second or short; offensive power was down this season.

23. Asdrubal Cabrerastill avaiable
Could be an option at second or short; offense is down but still 29 years old.

24. Nick Markakis –still available
Seemed close to re-signing with Orioles; another outfielder who doesn’t fit the Yankees roster.

25. Adam LaRochesigned with White Sox
Left-handed power hitter; should split time between first base and DH in Chicago.

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