Yankees outfield trade target falls through, but keep an eye on him for later

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Mar 7, 2021; Surprise, Arizona, USA; Texas Ranger outfielder Delino DeShields kisses his bat before in preparation for his at bat in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodger at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees pulled off an exciting victory on Tuesday evening against the Tampa Bay Rays, thanks to a Clint Frazier diving catch at the top of the 10th inning and a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th.

Despite the triumph, the Yankees have struggled considerably as of late, losing the previous four games prior to Tuesday night, scoring a total of six runs. They scored five in the win, despite earning only six hits. They totaled 11 strikeouts, with Aaron Judge walking three times — the team totaled seven. Hopefully, Frazier’s walk-off homer fueled an offensive improvement, injecting some positivity and momentum into a unit that has severely underwhelmed this year.

The outfield is currently dealing with a number of issues: Ryan LaMarre hurt his hamstring a few weeks ago, Giancarlo Stanton is battling through a groin injury, and Aaron Hicks has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2021 season with a wrist injury.

In the meantime, Brian Cashman was considering a move to add more veteran support in the outfield, which is where Delino DeShields of the Texas Rangers entered the fold. However, with Clint taking a step forward, it seems as if Cashman has quieted on that front for the time being.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported that the Yankees are no longer interested in the Rangers’ veteran utility man, but I wouldn’t take our eyes off him just yet.

“Delino DeShields Jr., an outfielder whom the Yankees discussed in trade talks last month, is no longer an active target for the team. DeShields, 28, has a June 1 opt out with the Texas Rangers, with whom he is currently in Triple-A, and has not exercised it.”

DeShields is currently with Texas’ Triple-A team but has six years of MLB experience, playing the majority with the Rangers and last season with the Cleveland Indians.

Last year, he hosted a .252 average over 37 games, failing to hit a homerun but logging seven RBIs. He’s never been a slugger but offers value as a contact hitter and solid defender. He would likely be a cheap addition, having signed a minor-league contract with Texas this past off-season. He has an opt-out this month, so if he elects to exercise it, the Yankees could pick him up for cheap.