How The New York Yankees Could Keep Thairo Estrada Long Term

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Thairo Estrada has been one of those guys that have came out of nowhere to help the New York Yankees. Many people assume that he will head to AAA once Didi Gregorius is healthy, but that may not necessarily be the case.

Team versatility

So many guys in the Yankee infield can play different positions, and that is super beneficial to the team.

Because DJ LeMahieu can also play first, I think that the Yankees should get rid of Kendrys Morales and keep Estrada as the utility man.



If you do that, the starting infield would look like this: Gio Urshela at third, Didi Gregorius at shortstop, Gleyber Torres at second, and Luke Voit at first.

However, the Yankees could instead make DJ LeMahieu the everyday first baseman and move Voit to the DH spot. LeMahieu is definitely quicker and more defensively sound compared to Voit.

Estrada is primarily a middle infielder, so he could play the field if Didi or Gleyber need rest or DH. If Urshela needs a break, you could move DJ to third and bring Voit back to first.

Estrada would likely play once or twice a week in that scenario, or he could play a bit more if he comes off the bench to pinch run.

In my opinion, there is really no need to keep Morales. He isn’t producing, batting just .188. He only has two home runs, and isn’t getting consistent solid contact. His fielding is also poor, as he is very slow and immobile.

Keeping Estrada would be the best option for the team for a better bat and more versatility.