By Ross Sutton
It was reported yesterday that the Mets signed Todd Frazier to a 2 year, $17 million deal. As many were expecting the Yankees to re-sign Frazier, it raises the question of what the team will do to address their lack of experience at third base. I believe that there are three options the Yankees could choose to make that would help their team’s chances at winning the World Series this year.
Option #1: Sign Mike Moustakas
Staying consistent with my prediction earlier this offseason, the Yankees could very well decide to sign Mike Moustakas to play third this year. This would be a good fit because Moustakas has not gotten much interest this offseason and would have a great chance for success with the Yankees’ stacked lineup and short porch in right field. Assuming the Yankees would only be willing to give him a one year deal in order to pursue Manny Machado next offseason, Moustakas could prove his value to the rest of the league and would presumably have a good market waiting for him. If the Yankees were to sign Moustakas, I think the team would use top prospect Gleybar Torres at second base for the majority of the season.
Option #2: Sign Neil Walker
Now that Todd Frazier will be a Met this year, many believe that signing Neil Walker would be the best move for the Yankees despite the fact that Walker is a second baseman. Due to the lack of interest for Walker’s services for this upcoming season, the Yankees might be able to sign Walker to a very team friendly deal. Walker would fit nicely with the Yankees as a switch hitter with good power and a decent glove. If the Yankees decided to sign Walker, they could then use both Gleybar Torres and Miguel Andujar at third and see how each player progresses throughout the season.
Option #3: Sign/Trade for a Starting Pitcher
I know there doesn’t seem to be a natural connection between the Mets signing Todd Frazier and the Yankees' need for another starting pitcher, but I believe there could be. Now that Todd Frazier is not available, maybe the Yankees would rather shift their focus to acquiring another arm for the rotation whether it be through trade or the free agent market. There were rumors earlier in the offseason that the Yankees had discussions with the Tigers about pitcher Michael Fulmer, but those talks seemed to go nowhere so that doesn’t seem likely. This could make the second tier free agent pitchers such as Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb or Andrew Cashner appealing to the Yankees. If the team decides not to acquire any second or third baseman this offseason, the Yankees could use a platoon of Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade and Gleybar Torres at second or Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes and Gleybar Torres at third. The versatility of Torreyes and Torres would greatly help the Yankees fill the two positions for 162 games and the extra starting pitcher would allow for some extra rest for the rest of the rotation.
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