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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Yankees GM Brian Cashman says club will ‘address’ shortstop and ‘evaluate’ catcher positions

“Shortstop is an area of need. We have to address it,” Cashman said during the press conference to officially announce Boone’s extension, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

The Yankees’ primary shortstop this season was Gleyber Torres, whose defensive shortcomings make him a better fit at second base. Once the Yankees accepted that reality, moving Torres to the keystone late in the year, they turned to third baseman Gio Urshela at the six. (DJ LeMahieu and Rougned Odor took over at the hot corner.) The Yankees’ infield situation was considered to be one of the biggest unanswered questions entering this offseason.

Clearly the Yankees don’t consider that arrangement to be a tenable one heading forward, and that’s perfectly fine. The free-agent market is teeming with high-grade shortstops, including the likes of Carlos Correa and Corey Seager. Presuming the Yankees do show interest in either or both, they’re likely to face steep competition from the likes of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs, among others.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 11:31 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: October 21, 2021 at 06:17 PM (#6048187)
I really hope they don't end up with Javy. I'd hate to see him in a Yanks uniform (though not as much as a Mets uni) but also, if Yanks' fans get frustrated with Gary Sanchez, Javy is gonna drive them nuts.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: October 21, 2021 at 06:55 PM (#6048195)
I would not be even a little surprised if Baez stays with the Mets.

Lindor seems to be a de facto GM, he and Baez are bros, Baez played well overall for the Mets, and Alderson has never ever had any use for McNeil. the fly in the ointment would be if no NL DH for Cano. or can he play third at his age?

if the Yankees keep Cashman, Boone, Sanchez, and Torres, WFAN talk radio will need to go to like 30-second delays next spring to try to eliminate the on-air profanity by callers (even if they're wrong about all of it).

as for Baez as a Yankee, the team now is pretty much robotic. for all of Baez's glaring flaws, no one calls him a robot.
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 21, 2021 at 07:47 PM (#6048204)
DH for Cano. or can he play third at his age?


That's future HOFer Cano to you buddy. However if you think Cano will be a productive MLB player after missing 2021 and coming back at the age of 39(tomorrow is his birthday!) I think you are going to be disappointed.
   4. JJ1986 Posted: October 21, 2021 at 07:53 PM (#6048205)
Bryn Alderson is actually the de facto GM now.
   5. The Duke Posted: October 21, 2021 at 11:54 PM (#6048264)
I wonder if the cards can trade them Paul Dejong. Two cheap option years. He’s not great but he’s solid and they probably can’t afford another mega SS contract.
   6. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 22, 2021 at 09:17 AM (#6048282)
It strikes me as radically too soon to give up on Gleyber Torres.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2021 at 10:54 AM (#6048299)
Cashman: Skip, I want to ADDRESS the issue.
[Boone nods]
Cashman: You KNOW I am sympathetic to Gleyber Torres
Boone: Absolutely.
Cashman: BUT!
   8. Darren Posted: October 22, 2021 at 11:50 AM (#6048304)
Helllloooooooo shortstop!
   9. Buck Coats Posted: October 22, 2021 at 11:52 AM (#6048305)
I don't think they're giving up on Gleyber, they're moving him to 2b permanently.
   10. Ron J Posted: October 22, 2021 at 01:18 PM (#6048324)
#9 which is reasonable considering Torres in isolation, but there's the issue of LeMahieu. Can play elsewhere, but isn't particularly valuable as a 1B (unless 2019-20 is somehow representative of his talent level. Then of course he can play anywhere) and is marginal at third.
   11. Nasty Nate Posted: October 22, 2021 at 01:33 PM (#6048327)
#9 which is reasonable considering Torres in isolation, but there's the issue of LeMahieu. Can play elsewhere, but isn't particularly valuable as a 1B (unless 2019-20 is somehow representative of his talent level. Then of course he can play anywhere) and is marginal at third.
I think a reasonable and likely approach is that the Yankees get a star to play SS, and then have Torres-LeMahieu-Voit cover 2B and 1B.
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 22, 2021 at 03:53 PM (#6048350)
LeMahieu could play some 3rd base, too.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: October 22, 2021 at 06:00 PM (#6048369)
Wild speculation: If Gleyber's bat boucnes back, he'll find himself in LF in the not too distant future. If it doesn't, he's not exactly a wizard at 2B either in which case some approach along the lines of #11 will suffice until he leaves through FA (or via trade shortly before). It is of course possible that he will settle in as a solid-fielding 2B after starting there every day. Anyway, nobody should have a problem with that speculation ... if the bat doesn't bounce back, he's an aveage-ish 2B at best anyway and all you can do is mix and match him and LeMahieu (and 1B, 3B and DH) as best as possible. Gleyber only has a major domino effect if he starts putting up a 125 OPS+ again.
   14. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 22, 2021 at 06:08 PM (#6048372)
have Torres-LeMahieu-Voit cover 2B and 1B.


Wild speculation: If Gleyber's bat boucnes back, he'll find himself in LF


I also think that most of the evidence suggests that Torres is too good of a hitter to be part of a three-men-for-two positions situation, but not good enough to be a LF or 1B. I haven't seen nearly enough of Torres to have an opinion on his glove, but if he can't hack SS you stick him at 2B and figure out how to dispose of LeMahieu . . . who the Yankees signed to a six-year contract last winter?!??!?!?!? What?
   15. Walt Davis Posted: October 24, 2021 at 04:09 PM (#6048736)
A 6 year contract but just $90 M. The guy had just put up 8 WAR in 1.5 seasons for them. It's a contract designed to produce about 12 WAR overall, with 8-9 of it in the first 3 years. Instead of paying him something like 3/$70, they'll pay him 6/$90 ... and maybe he's worth keeping around in years 4-6 and maybe he's not, it's a contract designed to make it easy for the team to walk away. Might not have been the best idea -- year 1 certainly didn't go according to plan -- but it's not 6 YEARS??? it's "should they have expected LeMahieu to be a 3-4 WAR player for the first half of the contract?"
   16. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: October 24, 2021 at 10:04 PM (#6048774)
At that price, LaMahieu can be the Yankee's supersub. Sounds like he can be well above replacement level at multiple positions, and Judge, Stanton, Voit aren't paragons of health.
   17. Nasty Nate Posted: October 24, 2021 at 10:22 PM (#6048776)
I also think that most of the evidence suggests that Torres is too good of a hitter to be part of a three-men-for-two positions situation, but not good enough to be a LF or 1B.
I don't think there is such a player. Those descriptions overlap.

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