New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said loud and clear in media availability last week that one of the Yankees’ priorities this offseason was to replace the shortstop position.
Gleyber Torres has had two sub-par seasons in a row and lost his shortstop job toward the end of the season. Torres would be moved back to second base, where he started with the Yankees, Gio Urshela would play shortstop, and third base would become a platoon position.
Rumors have surfaced about the possibility of signing Carlos Correa or Corey Seager to fill that shortstop void. While this would be a drastic change to the position and a big bat added into the lineup, that is likely the only move they will make since it will cost them north of $300 million.
After that, the likely ability to spend more money is out the window. That would mean three $300 million contracts with Giancarlo Stanton, Gerrit Cole, and a Correa/Seager.
What other changes would fans expect? There could be changes in the outfield, but after signing a big-name free agent shortstop, the replacements would likely be lower-level money type players.
The likely scenario would be the Yankees re-signing Anthony Rizzo and standing pat everywhere else with the Seager/Correa additions. Aaron Hicks will still likely be the center-fielder, Joey Gallo will still be the left-fielder, and Gary Sanchez will still be the catcher.
If that is the case, the Yankees would essentially be running it back again with virtually the same core of players they’ve done for the past four years. That will yield the same result they’ve had in each of those years – short of the World Series.
Would Yankee fans revolt if this is the case? Most Yankee fans like myself have advocated for wholesale changes. That is likely what’s needed if the Bombers are going to return to glory.
Will that happen? We shall see.
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