A report from Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com suggests the New York Yankees could have the worst infield defense in all of the Major Leagues. Heyman quoted one scout in Florida as saying: “It’s got to be the worst in baseball.” Yet the discussion of free agent shortstop Stephen Drew has reared it’s ugly head once again, the Yankees reportedly are remaining firm in their stance of not pursuing the defensive upgrade at this point.
According to Heyman’s report, the Yankees and Drew’s agent, Scott Boras have had discussions over the past couple of days, and the Yankees continue to tell Boras they are “tapped out.” During this past off-season, the team spent close to $500 million on free agents including Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Masahiro Tanaka, while at the same time allowing second baseman Robinson Cano to defect to the Pacific Northwest.
The scout that Heyman spoke with believes all four infield defenders, including Mark Teixeira have issues: “He has great hands but no lateral movement.” The middle of the infield is made up of 39-year-old shortstop Derek Jeter and 36-year-old second baseman Brian Roberts, both of whom missed significant time in 2013 with injuries. The same scout wasn’t impressed with what he saw from Roberts at the dish either: “He looks to me like he’s winging a weighted bat at times.” The Yankees maintain that they will move forward into the 2014 season with the infield they have, and don’t foresee any dramatic changes to personnel in the near future.