The New York Yankees desperately want to find an upgrade at shortstop. Gleyber Torres (.259/.331/.366 in 2021) was a bitter disappointment both offensively and defensively, and general manager Brian Cashman recently said the team will address the position and keep Gleyber at second base, where he played in the stretch run.
Free agency is filled with talented shortstops, ranging from low-cost types such as Freddy Galvis to stars such as Marcus Semien, Javier Baez, Trevor Story, Corey Seager, and Carlos Correa. The last two are widely viewed as the best available, and the Yankees are apparently already trying to engage with their camps.
â€œAccording to sources, Yankees are in conversation with agents for both Corey Seager and Carlos Correaâ€. Those words were tweeted by MLB Insider Jim Bowden, who writes for The Athletic.
The Yankees want one of the two premier shortstops
Seager is the premier hitter at the shortstop position, capable of consistently batting .300 with 25-30 home runs. He may not be the best fielder, but can surely hold down the fort while Anthony Volpe or Oswald Peraza are ready to take over at short. In that hypothetical case, Seager would likely move to second or third.
Seager, who has spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Dodgers to this point, hit .306/.394/.521 with a .915 OPS and 16 homers in 353 at-bats during the 2021 campaign. He may return to LA, but will explore other options.
Meanwhile, Correa was fantastic defensively, and very good at the plate. He slashed .279/.366/.485 with 26 homers, 92 RBI, 104 runs, and a .850 OPS.
Both men would be sizable upgrades over what the Yankees currently have. However, but are expected to surpass $200 million in financial commitments in their next contract. The Yanks are presumably going to spend more this winter, but there will be competition for the two excellent shortstops.