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The Yankees immediately fired 3rd base coach Phil Nevins following the conclusion of the 2021 season and, for good reason, telling Aaron Judge to round the base baths just to get thrown out at home against Boston in the Wild Card. Nevins was loved by the players, bringing energy and intensity to the team, but his decision-making at times was reckless, forcing the front office’s hand on a firing.
Nevins spent the last four seasons with the boys in pinstripes but will now join the Los Angeles Angels as their 3rd base coach.
The Yankees have been connected to a variety of different trade rumors the past few weeks, and the latest revolves around outfielder Byron Buxton.
Buxton is a luxury, projected to make $7.3 million in 2022. As a speedy outfielder with All-Star potential, Buxton has only played 355 out of 708 possible games since 2017. This past season, Buxton finished with a .306 average, 19 homers, 50 runs, and 32 RBIs over 254 plate appearances. Buxton was an absolute monster in the batter’s box, but his health history undoubtedly creates a few questions.
The Yankees would likely stay away from him based on his reliability issues.
The Yankees love to spend money on big names, and they desperately need a shortstop who can potentially shift to third base in the future. According to Will Leitch of MLB.com, the Yankees make the most sense for star shortstop Corey Seager. Considering Seager is a lefty, he would likely be able to increase his home-run totals with a short right porch in Yankee Stadium.
Seager fits the mold exactly with what the Yankees are looking for — solid defense and awesome power paired with contacting. In addition, they would avoid any disgruntled fans in a Carlos Correa signing. Staying away from Houston Astros players might be a solid idea.