The third base position is a bit murky for the New York Yankees, as they have Miguel Andujar returning from injury and Gio Urshela, who turned into a wonder last season. Andujar, and his defensive struggles, have created a tumultuous situation for manager Aaron Boone as the team proceeds through the offseason.
Do the Yankees factor, Andujar, into the third base position along with Urshela, utilize him as a designated hitter, or move him to a different position? Boone stated that Andujar wouldn’t have a problem moving posts, but he has not considered the move just yet, despite the youth player being mindful of his hiccups.
There’s always the possibility the Bombers could elect to trade Andujar, but that would be inadvisable considering his lack of value after missing an entire season with a torn labrum. Now, there’s the idea that the Yanks could sell high on Urshela, but no team will place a high value on him after one solid season amid a slew of unproductive ones. They’re better of keeping Urshela on the hot corner and having Andujar close behind.
This leads us into our New York Yankees rumors/news of the day:
Francisco Lindor: With the departure of Didi Gregorius, the Yankees now have to compensate at shortstop, unless they’re confident Gleyber Torres can hold down the fort. Alternatively, they could look into Lindor, who’s available for the right price.
According to NJ. com, here’s a potential deal:
Why it could work: Andújar and Frazier are superfluous parts for the Yanks, and Garcia is less important after the club added Gerrit Cole on a nine-year, $324 million contract. As a result, the Yankees could strongly consider parting with those three plus Abreu to bring Lindor to the Bronx — fittingly, as another legendary Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter, is likely to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The addition of Lindor would allow Gleyber Torres to remain at second base and DJ LeMahieu in an everyday utility role, and the Yankees are one of the clubs with the budget to afford an extension for Lindor.
Gerrit Cole’s childhood sign: When Cole was introduced on Wednesday, he whipped out the old sign be brought to the 2001 World Series. Yes, it was the real sign among speculation that it was a knockoff.
Dellin Betances being looked at by the Twins:
Dellin Betances being talked about by #Twins.
— Kristie Ackert (@ByKristieAckert) December 11, 2019