New York Yankees Analysis: Will the Yankees trade away an MLB home run leader? (Video)

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

The New York Yankees have much to do to improve a team that has missed out on a World Series appearance for many years now. All tried, and true Yankee fans automatically become know-it-alls in curing the team’s ills. Baseball writers and even some team members express their views on solving the team’s problems. I am no different. However, I am not only a baseball writer but a Yankee life long fan as well.

From the end of the World Series and up until spring training, many names and players will be thrown around as leaving, staying, being traded, or whatever. The New York Yankees need pitching, possibly a shortstop and a starting catcher.  Some of those will not come cheap, and others will be traded for. Already this early in the offseason, Clint Frazier, Gio Urshela, Miguel Andujar, and Luke Voit has been frequently mentioned to get players to fill the Yankee’s need.

Luke Voit has spoken out on the YES Network last night and expressed his views on whether he will be traded or not. He says he pays little attention to the chatter, although admitting his family and friends do.

“It is part of it, and everyone’s name is going to be thrown around,’’ Voit said. “Everyone is a GM, and everyone wants to talk baseball somehow and make the perfect trade. You don’t know what is going to happen.’’

“Obviously, I want to be a Yankee,’’ said Voit, who will be 30 in February and led the majors with 22 homers in the 60-game schedule that ended for the Yankees with a Game 5 loss to the Rays in the ALDS. In addition to the 22 homers, Voit drove in 52 runs in 56 games and posted a .948 OPS. “Everyone has their names thrown around, but you don’t know if it happens.’’

Although there is no guarantee that the New York Yankee front office won’t use Voit in a trade, for instance, to get a premium pitcher or a Francisco Lindor type shortstop, you can be sure that move would be their last choice. The 29-year-old Voit was selected in 2013 by the St. Louis Cardinals. After a stint in the minors, he played for the Cards in the majors from 2017 to 2018. At the end of July 2018, Voit was traded to the New York Yankee for Chasen Shreves and Gio Gallegos. He has done nothing but become a solid Yankee since then. Voit had a .277 batting average last season with a .948 OPS.

Every year with the Yankees, he has increased in his power-hitting, hitting a league-leading 22 home runs for the Yankees this past season. He has solidified his 3-6 spot in the lineup, even with Clint Frazier joining the permanent lineup. He is not the best defender at first base, but he is adequate. It seems to me if the Yankees re-sign DJ LeMahieu, which is a priority for the Yankees, and they place DJ back at second base, there is no way the Yankees will trade away Voit. However, if they get a shortstop and move Cleyber Torres at second. That move will make Voit’s future with the Yankees more in question as they will undoubtedly put DJ, the better defender, at first base.

With Luke Voit’s 22 home runs, that equates to 60 home runs in a normal 162 game season. That is just one run short of Roger Maris’s baseball-leading 61 home run record from 1961. Since then, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sousa broke that record in 1998, and Barry Bonds broke their record with 73 long balls in 2011, a record that still stands. To be in discussion with those names and with that type of home run power, the Yankees will think very seriously before dealing that type of talent away. Below is 22 reasons the Yankees should not let Voit go.

EmpireSportMedia.com’s Columnist Willaim Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

 

 

The Indians reportedly want the Mets to be involved in Lindor sweepstakes

New York yankees, Francisco Lindor

Last week, Bob Nightengale reported that the Cleveland Indians have every intention to trade Francisco Lindor, their All-Star shortstop. He’s getting expensive (he earned the prorated sum of $17 million in 2020 and could earn more than $21 million in 2021, his last year of arbitration) and the tribe can’t afford to give him an extension. It is logical they want to get something in return in the form of MLB-ready players or prospects, and the New York Mets are very much in the mix.

USA Today’s Nightengale reported on Thursday that “Cleveland, strapped for money, intends to trade All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor by opening day, several rival teams have been informed. Lindor earned $17.5 million last season and is projected to earn about $21 million in salary arbitration in his final year before free agency.”

The New York Mets recently welcomed a new owner in Steve Cohen, and if he’s looking to make a splash in the trade market, Lindor is a prime candidate. The team doesn’t really need him, since there are two capable shortstops on the roster (Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario) but he could really be a difference-maker.

But as the Mets decide whether or not to pursue Lindor – they have much more pressing needs, the rotation and bullpen being the most obvious – the Indians definitely want folks at Queens involved in the sweepstakes.

Could the Mets swing a deal?

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported today that he expects “Francisco Lindor to be dealt this offseason, as Bob Nightengale has reported, but I was told today a trade is unlikely to happen quickly. The Indians would love for the Mets to be heavily involved, but it will take time for new front office to set priorities.”

In addition to bringing two or three rotation improvements and several capable bullpen arms, the Mets need to bring a starting catcher, as they decided not to pick up Wilson Ramos’ club option.

The Mets don’t have too many blue-chip prospects to deal for Lindor, but they do have a few. Pitcher Matthew Allan, third base Brett Baty, and shortstop Ronny Mauricio could entice the Indians. As far as MLB players, one of Rosario and Gimenez could presumably go to Cleveland in any deal, and third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis is also a possibility, as the Indians need offense.

Lindor is 26 years old and has a track record of excellence, with two Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards and a .285/.346/.488 career line.

Francisco Lindor at the top of the wishlist for the New York Yankees

New York Yankees, Mets, Francisco Lindor

This week it was reported that Indians All-Star shortstop, Francisco Lindor, would likely be dealt this offseason. The New York Yankees have reportedly put Lindor at the top of their offseason wishlist per Dan Federico. 

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The New York Yankees have a long-term need at shortstop. Of course, fans could say that Gleyber Torres is their shortstop, however, I think last season taught us that Torres isn’t a solution there long-term.

Lindor is one of baseball’s true superstars. Lindor is just getting ready to turn 27 years old. He’s one of the best defensive shortstops in the game, he’s a switch hitter, and he’s got power from both sides. Not too mention he hits for average.

Lindor has one year left before he hits free agency. One would have to imagine that if the Yankees could pull off a trade for the superstar, they would likely immediately work on an extension. Just like the Dodgers did with Mookie Betts last year.

What should the Yankees do?

If the Yankees were to pull off a deal for Lindor, it would likely mean the end of the Yankees tenure for DJ LeMahieu. The Machine has been the backbone of the Yankees for the last couple of years and for the second straight year, he will finish near the top of the MVP race.

LeMahieu can play all around the infield at a gold glove level. However, it’s been his consistency at the plate that has been where he’s really shined. LeMahieu is a free agent, and the Yankees have been having dialogue around an extension.

However, it’s worth noting that LeMahieu is going to be turning 33 years old during the year next year. That might give the Yankees some pause in offering him a big contract. We’ve seen the Yankees baulk at signing guys in their 30s despite their superstar team status (Robinson Cano).

Federico reported that the Yankees won’t overextend to get Lindor despite him being at the top of their wishlist. However, should they reconsider that position? Lindor is truly one of the best players in baseball and he’s going to be for a very long time.

Imagine building the Yankees future around an infield that includes Gleyber Torres at second and Francisco Lindor at shortstop. I understand I’m in the minority, but if I could pick between LeMahieu or Lindor, I’m going with Lindor. I mean just think you’d have Lindor for nearly six years before he reaches LeMahieu’s age.

Realistically, I don’t believe that the Yankees will do what it takes to pull off the Lindor deal. I think the bombers are going to end up brining back LeMahieu and that’s a great thing. I just think they should strongly consider what Lindor could mean for the Yankees over the next ten years.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: “La Machine” is Silver Slugger and the case for Francisco Lindor and Lance Lynn

New York Yankees, Lance Lynn

In 2019 the New York Yankees acquired DJ LeMahieu before the 2019 season from the Colorado Rockies. General Manager Brian Cashman has had some failure with a few players; this acquisition was a winner right from spring training 2019. The Yankees couldn’t have asked more from the second baseman. In his first year, he won the Silver Slugger Award for 2nd base. He hit .327 with 26 home runs. The Yankees would have been happy in 2020 if he just approached those stats. What they got was an even better performance hitting .364 in the shortened coronavirus season.

Looking at his 2020 stats and recalculating them for a normal 162 season, he would have 27 home runs with 192 hits. In 2019 his on-base percentage was .375, which also increased in 2020 to .421 thus earning that nickname, “the machine.” He was bestowed that nick because it seems when he gets to the plate, he nearly always puts the ball in play. Now at the end of this season, he has won his second Silver Slugger Award. He also won the batting title, being the first player ever to win the batting title in both leagues. He also is a finalist for American League MVP.

Now in the offseason, he is a free agent for the first time while being a Yankee. He got a two-year contract to play for the Yankees at $24 million. Being one of the best players in either league, he most certainly will demand more money and a more stable contract as he is now 32 years old. Most analysts project that he will command something in the range of $20 million a year, most likely for four years, when he will be 36 years old. If he wants much more than that or for a longer period, the Yankees could let him walk in this cash strapped season. There is no question that the Yankees will do everything in their power to keep the slugger in pinstripes.

Is Franciso Lindor headed to Yankees Stadium?

Forget free agency for a minute; the non-free agent Francisco Lindor is one of the biggest prizes out there this offseason. USA Today first reported that the financially hurting Cleveland Indians are looking to dump their All-Star shortstop by trading him with just one year left on his contract.

Lindor is arguably the best shortstop in baseball, and the New York Yankees need a shortstop after a mostly failed season at short by Gleyber Torres. Another team that needs help at short is the cross-town New York Mets. If Lindor goes to either New York team, he will be more likely to go with the Mets. Although the Yankee need is great, the Yankees will more likely put their resources to improving their pitching rotation and bullpen.

Although it is doubtful that the Yankees will make a strong play for Lindor, they may get creative and try to find a way to get him in pinstripes. Like Derek Jeter, Aaron Judge, and Mike Trout, Lindor is the type of plays that can sell tickets to fill the stands at Yankee Stadium, just to see him play. Over the past five years, he tallied a total of 28.4 wins above replacement, as per Baseball-Reference.com. That ranks him sixth in all of Major League Baseball during that juncture. With nearly $70 million off the payroll, the Yankees will have to decide if they spend money on short or on pitching. They most likely will want to stay below the $210M luxury tax threshold, but that could change as the offseason hot stove heats up.

The New York Yankees should look to trade for Lance Lynn

The Yankees have lost out on the last several postseasons, and many believe that it is because of less than stellar pitching. It’s hard to argue against that notion. If you look at the dynasty years of the last ’90s and early 2000s, you see a consistent quality pitching display. If you compare that to now, regardless of Gerrit Cole, the pitching looks like the grocery store shelves before a natural disaster. There really outside of Cole doesn’t appear to be much left on the shelves except for a few things no one wants or needs. The Yankees must fix that. If the Yankees can afford to make only one or two big moves in the offseason, one of them should be trading for Lance Lynn.

Why does Lance Lynn fit for the Yankees? One big thing is that Lynn is a workhorse like CC Sabathia in his prime. He can eat innings and keep the bullpen pitchers in the bullpen. Even at 33 years old, Lynn pitched 84 innings this past season, the most in all of baseball. Think for a moment about Masahiro Tanaka, who can eat innings; he pitched only 48 innings.

Lynn is not an ace type pitcher but a solid middle of rotation guy. With Cole leading the rotation and a returning Luis Severino and possible return of Domingo German, Lynn would be a firm number four in the rotation. If the Yankees decide to negotiate with Masahiro Tanaka and bring him back at a discount, that will produce an extremely strong starting rotation, leaving Montgomery, Garcia, and Schmidt to fight for a place in the rotation and give the Yankees a really good backup of pitchers should someone become injured.

Lynn is a veteran pitcher with an uncanny ability to adapt to any situation. With the Texas Rangers in 2020, Lynn got off to a slow start, made adjustments, and came out of the season fifth in the Cy Young Award voting. The bottom line is that the is a near-perfect fit for Yankee Stadium. He pitches over six innings per game and a 6-3 record close to Cole’s performance of 7-3.

There are ups and downs to this trade. Lynn, as good as a pitcher as he is, is less costly than either Paxton or Happ, last year he earned only $8 million. In a year that the New York Yankees will want to save money, acquiring Lynn to solve the pitching situation is very economical. Lynn in 2018 with the Yankees when 3-2 in 9 starts, so we know the bright lights of Yankee Stadium are not a factor with Lynn. The downside to that trade is that the Yankees will most likely have to give up prospects that they may not want to give up, which will hurt. But the Yankees may have to take on some hurt to bolster the pitching rotation.

 

Francisco Lindor reportedly available, should the New York Yankees be interested?

New York yankees, Francisco Lindor

According to Bob Nightengale, the Cleveland Indians want to trade star shortstop Francisco Lindor before the 2021 Opening Day. And while the New York Yankees shouldn’t be viewed as the favorites to land him given that they don’t seem particularly eager to expand the payroll, they could pounce if they want to.

Any potential trade should be viewed as a kind of a salary dump by Cleveland. Lindor is expensive (he is projected to earn around $21 million next season in what will be his last year of team control) and since he will hit free agency when the 2021 campaign ends, his trade value isn’t sky-high as some may think.

This is not to say that Cleveland won’t get useful prospects in return, but the package probably won’t be extremely enticing, like what the Chicago White Sox got from the Boston Red Sox for Chris Sale, for example. The odds are that Lindor won’t fetch such a haul. If that’s the case, then the New York Yankees should at least entertain the possibility of trading for the Puerto Rican star.

But the primary issue would be that, for the Yankees to make room for Lindor, they would have to let DJ LeMahieu go. And, well, that is difficult to swallow given that he just led the Major Leagues in batting average (.364) and the Bombers in fWAR (2.5.)

For the Yankees, it’s probably Lindor or LeMahieu

DJ has been the Yankees’ MVP the last two seasons, but if Lindor comes, he wouldn’t have a place, as he is currently without a contract and the Bombers have Gio Urshela at third, Gleyber Torres at second (he would slide over from shortstop to accommodate Lindor) and Voit at first. The designated hitter spot would be occupied by Giancarlo Stanton most nights.

Here is a tweet by Andy Martino, from SNY: “Knowing what we already know about Yankees offseason, we can extrapolate that they would need to get really creative to add Lindor $. Would include losing LeMahieu and trading good young players,” he said.

So, for the Yankees, would it be worth the trouble moving around that many pieces just to make room for a shortstop that will be a free agent after just one year? He is good (138 career homers, .285/.346/.488 line with a .351 wOBA, a 118 wRC+ and 28.9 fWAR) and young (almost 27) but he would be extremely difficult to accommodate.

New York Mets: Cleveland intends to trade Lindor before Opening Day, per report

New York Yankees, Mets, Francisco Lindor

Attention, New York Mets‘ fans: a very enticing trade target just became publicly available, according to the latest reports. And it is a game-changing talent, an All-Star shortstop that is excellent in the batter’s box, in the field, and also in the basepaths.

According to Bob Nightengale, the Cleveland Indians are making shortstop Francisco Lindor available for trade and, in fact, want to complete a transaction before Opening Day comes along in 2021. I’ve said the New York Mets should instead target young starting pitching via trade, but it wouldn’t hurt to know what the Tribe wants in return for a player with only one year away from free agency.

“Cleveland, strapped for money, intend to trade All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor by opening day, several rival teams have been informed. Lindor earned $17.5 million last season and is projected to earn about $21 million in salary arbitration in his final year before free agency,” Nightengale wrote in his Twitter account.

As you can recall, the Mets now belong to hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen, a lifelong fan of the team with big pockets to spend. Although the idea is to spend carefully, at least at first, the Mets should kick the tires and consider an approach if an extension can be signed after acquiring Lindor.

Is Lindor a fit with the Mets?

Lindor will turn 27 this month, and is still in his prime. For his career, he has a .285/.346/.488 line with a .351 wOBA and a 118 wRC+. He is among the very best defensive shortstop in the game right now and there are several ways in which he can impact a game. He has power (he averaged more than 30 homers from 2017 to 2019) and speed, not to mention great hand-eye coordination and bat-to-ball skills.

Lindor is a charismatic leader that could be the face of the new Mets, but it would all depend on the price. They shouldn’t mortgage their future with more top prospects, after emptying the farm in the Marcus Stroman, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz deals.

New York Yankees Analysis: What would acquiring Francisco Lindor mean to the Yankees?

New York Yankees, Mets, Francisco Lindor

Acquiring Franciso Lindor to play shortstop for the New York Yankees may seem like a dream for Yankees fans. Still, it is possible, with the Cleveland Indians’ interest in getting him off the payroll before reaching free agency at the end of the 2021 season. For the Yankees, it would be a short term resolution to the problem at short. But the Yankees could renegotiate with him at the end of the season.

In one of the Yankees offseason moves, they would very much like to move Gleyer Torres to his natural position at second base. To do that, they would have to figure out what to do with DJ LeMahieu, who has held down the second base for the last two years, did it with excellent defense, and found someone to take on the shortstop job. An easy way to accomplish that would be to move DJ to third base, where he is experienced, and move the Gold Glove-like Gio Urshela to short, where he has played before.  However, that move is untried and untested.

Another method to accomplish is getting the best shortstop in baseball, Francisco Lindor, onto the Yankee payroll. The Cleveland Indians have let it be known that he is on the trading block. The Yankees to make that trade with would have to give up Miguel Andujar and one or two other prospects. They could also consider taking back Phillie’s free agent Didi Gregorius who the Yankees let go, causing the problem they are now faced with. Both Gregorius and Lindor had excellent years this season.

Not only is Lindor a better shortstop than Gregorius, but he adds the bonus of being a switch-hitter. The Yankees have been notably conservative in the trade market over the last couple of seasons; Lindor would be a game-changer for the New York Yankees. He would also add a giant smile in the dugout and an energy that is contagious.

There will be plenty of trade dialogue over the coming weeks as teams enter into a nuclear winter. But there will also be complications in completing the sort of deal the Indians front office has wanted. Lindor will draw the attention of the New York Mets, the Braves, the Angels, the Reds, and of course, the New York Yankees.

The bottom line will be what team is loose enough with the checkbook and their prospects to make the deal happen. You can be sure New York Yankee general manager, who has been criticized for not making any moves by the trade deadline, has Lindor in his cites. If anything happens with Lindor, it will probably be late in the offseason.

 

New York Yankees’ alternatives to DJ LeMahieu

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The backbone of the New York Yankees the last couple of seasons has been DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu has played gold glove defense wherever the team played him and he won the batting title this past season for the Yankees.

For the second consecutive season, LeMahieu will likely finish in the top four for the MVP vote. The 32 year old second baseman also just wrapped up his two year deal with the New York Yankees. He’s about to his free agency for the second time.

There will be plenty of suitors looking to pry LeMahieu away from the Yankees. However, you can expect the Yankees to do everything that they can to bring back LeMahieu. With a team that’s lacked consistency, he’s been the one consistent force they’ve had.

However, the fact that he will hit the open market should show you that it’s not a guarantee that the Yankees bring him back. I fully believe that they should, and I believe they will try, but I don’t expect them to do anything insane to bring back LeMahieu.

Not on the same level, but I’m reminded of the Robinson Cano situation. When Cano hit free agency, I would have bet my life savings he would retire a Yankee. However, Seattle offered him a deal that the Yankees were not comfortable matching. Thus, the marriage between the two sides ended.

What are the Yankees alternatives?

As I mentioned above, Plan A for the Yankees has to be resigning LeMahieu. However, I guarantee they’ve already been kicking the tires on potential replacements for their all-star second baseman. One place to look would be the AL Central.

The first possibility I’ll mention is the sexy move, however, the least likely. That would be the Yankees pulling off a deal for the Indians’ shortstop, Francisco Lindor. Lindor is entering the final year before free agency, and the Indians will likely make him available.

Lindor is one of the superstars of baseball. He’s a switch hitter with power, and he’s one of the best defensive shortstops in the game. Lindor turns 27 next month, and he could be a superstar for the Yankees for years to come assuming they extend him.

Doing this would also allow them to move Gleyber Torres back to second base. Torres struggled in his first season as a full-time shortstop. Many inside the organization have wondered if Torres can play that position moving forward.

The other alternative I’ll mention is calling up the Kansas City Royals about Whit Merrifield. Merrifield would be incredibly cheap financially, but he wouldn’t be cheap from a trade perspective. Merrifield has quietly been one of baseball’s best over the past couple of seasons.

Since breaking out with the Royals, Merrifield has been sensational. He can play virtually anyone on the field, and he led the majors in hits two of the last three years. In a way, he would remind fans a lot of DJ LeMahieu.

Trading for Lindor or Merrifield would cost the Yankees in prospects which is something Cashman is always hesitant to do. Again, the first priority should be trying to bring LeMahieu back. However, if the terms get crazy, there are quality alternatives out there for the bombers.

The New York Mets should target a Cleveland Indians player, but not Lindor

New York yankees, Francisco Lindor

The New York Mets had a very disappointing season in 2020. At the start of the year, there were some high expectations tied to the franchise, with up-and-coming young talent and an active competitive window. Lots of things went wrong, though, and the Mets finished in the basement of the National League East division.

The season wasn’t a complete waste, though. Young talents such as shortstop Andres Gimenez, starting pitcher David Peterson, and first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith emerged and performed admirably, becoming long-term pieces for a franchise in dire need of them.

Now, the future looks brighter than ever. A new owner is finalizing a deal to take over the New York Mets: Steve Cohen, a hedge fund billionaire, still needs at least 23 positive votes out of 29, but everything points out to a quick resolution. He is, presumably, willing to invest more in payroll and make the team an annual contender.

To do that, the Mets need to invest in starting pitching, desperately. Jacob deGrom and David Peterson are the only sure things for 2021 and beyond. Steven Matz is also under contract, but he had a lousy season and his role is still unclear.

The Mets do not need Lindor

That’s why those advocating for the Mets to trade for Cleveland Indians’ shortstop Francisco Lindor should know that they need to direct their resources into solving the starting pitching issues. Lindor is an expensive player who will be a free agent after the 2021 season. He is too good (although he was basically average with the bat in 2020, slashing .258/.335/.415 with a 100 wRC+) but is very expensive.

Instead, the Mets should target one of Cleveland’s young starters. Zach Plesac, Triston McKenzie and Aaron Civale come to mind. They are all good and cheap, and with lots of years of team control.

Plesac pitched 55.1 innings of a 2.28 ERA and a 3.39 FIP. Civale had 74.0 frames of a 4.74 ERA and a 4.03 FIP, with a decent 3.92 xFIP, while McKenzie finished 2020 with 33.1 innings, a 3.24 ERA and a 3.91 FIP. Of course, it is unclear if the Indians will be open to negotiating any of them, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask.

They surely won’t be cheap, but the Mets need to give to receive. They do have a trade piece or two, despite giving most of their prospects in the last two seasons.

But the Mets do not need Lindor. They have two shortstops in Rosario and Gimenez. What they need is to be active in the free agent and trade markets to bring a very good starting pitcher, or three.

DJ LeMahieu, Francisco Lindor or Both? What should the Yankees do in the offseason?

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees currently look like a team that is just falling apart. There is nothing stable with the team, and they look like they are only going to make the playoffs this year due to the COVID playoff expansion. Nobody would have thought that before the year started.

While pretty much everyone on the team has disappointed, one person who has remained consistent is DJ LeMahieu. Since signing a two year deal with the Yankees before the 2019 season, LeMahieu has been the team’s MVP. He’s currently hitting .363 on the season.

LeMahieu plays gold glove level defense at three different spots in the infield. His value to the Yankees cannot be questioned over these past couple of seasons. LeMahieu is set to become a free agent after the season is over. While it seems obvious to extend LeMahieu, there’s one player that could complicate things.

The Yankees and Francisco Lindor

One of baseball’s superstars is the Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor. Lindor has long been a favorite of the Yankees and virtually every team in baseball. Lindor is a switch hitter who hits for average and power. He’s also a platinum glove winner at shortstop.

The Indians are likely going to move Lindor in the offseason due to the fact that they won’t be able to keep him long term. While the Dodgers are seen as a potential landing spot, I think the Yankees will be in on those discussions for Lindor.

I really don’t believe that the Yankees see Gleyber Torres as a long term solution at shortstop. He’s much better suited to play second base. That being said, the Yankees might need to find someone who could be that long term solution. That is where the Lindor interest picks up.

The Yankees Options

Obviously, the Yankees love DJ LeMahieu. I mean how could you not after everything he’s done for the team? However, if they could trade and extend Lindor, would they be comfortable letting LeMahieu walk? Could they bring both back? What are the options?

The easiest option would be to leave Lindor alone and just sign LeMahieu to an extension. This is not a losing strategy by any means as the Yankees would be retaining their current star for many years moving forward. They would still have an infield of LeMahieu, Torres, Urshela, and Voit.

Another option would be to let LeMahieu walk, and make the trade for Lindor. This would hurt because LeMahieu would be leaving and Cashman would have to deal some prospects. However, you’d be getting a 27 year old superstar that plays arguably baseball’s most premium position at the highest level.

There is a third option which would be tricky. Why not both? This of course would cost the Yankees the most money, but they could always have both, but this strategy would likely mean saying goodbye to Gio Urshela. If the Yankees pulled off a move and both wore pinstripes, I would expect LeMahieu to shift to third full time.

What should they do?

It’s not my money, so of course I think they should pursue both when the season ends. I don’t think it would be responsible for the Yankees to pass up the opportunity to land Francisco Lindor. If the Yankees could pull off a deal for him, that would be priority number one for me personally.

If Gleyber Torres wasn’t such a liability at shortstop, my answer might be different. However, I love the idea of Lindor at shortstop and Torres at second moving forward. Having LeMahieu at third would just make things even better.

Defense has been a liability for the Yankees this year. However, imagine having a left side of the infield featuring LeMahieu and Lindor? That would make any pitcher feel comfortable inducing ground balls.

What I expect

Ultimately, I don’t think the Yankees will land Lindor, but I do think they will extend LeMahieu. I just don’t see Brian Cashman doing what it takes to make the trade for Lindor. I think Lindor will end up being dealt and he’ll sign a massive extension like Mookie Betts did.

The Yankees would then move forward with the infield as is with LeMahieu, Torres, Urshela, and Voit. They would just be praying and banking on Torres becoming someone who could handle shortstop at a much higher level. What do you think the Yankees should do?