Could The Yankees Sign A Different Cuban Player?
By Jason Evans
We all know that Yasmany Tomas won’t be in pinstripes. Rusney Castillo signed with the Red Sox. There is a new name that has come out of Cuba, and although he’s yet to be declared officially a free agent, would he make sense for the Yankees to acquire?
That is 26-year-old second baseman Jose Fernandez. He is said to have good on-base skills with no pop and adequate defense.
The Yankees could have any or all of Martin Prado, Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela manning second base in some way shape or form during 2015. Prado and Pirela could find themselves in third base consideration depending on what happens at third base this off-season.
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Would additional depth at second be a nice thing to have? Sure, but I’m not sure exactly how important it is. They Yankees have more fish to fry and I can’t see them signing a second baseman unless it’s to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
This may be the first time in a while that the Yankees can go with a prospect or two to help at a position. Fernandez’s countryman Tomas would be much more of a fit than would be Fernandez.