New York Yankees Looking Overseas For A Shortstop?
By Jason Evans
Jul 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees General manager Brian Cashman (right) and Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman-The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports
Sure Stephen Drew is still out there. Yes they were interested in Almedys Diaz out of Cuba, and yes they are going to be spending more money in the international free agent market this year. It appears they may go after a 17 year old shortstop out of South Korea named Hyo-June Park.
Park compares to Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee. Park comes from the same school that produced Suk-Min Yoon, who is currently with the Baltimore Orioles (and pitched yesterday against the Yankees)
If he’s any good, why not? The Yankees don’t exactly have a Lee or Xander Boegarts coming at shortstop to take Derek Jeter‘s place in 2015 and beyond. Cito Culver hasn’t set the world on fire, though the fact that he’s hitting exclusively from the right side may helpful.
A team’s job is to look under every rock and every country to try and find players that will help. Teams are looking all over the place for players and the game is expanding faster than ever. There are plenty of players to come out of Korea and Park may be the next one.
If he has any ability at all and if the Yankees think he can help in five years then do it.