Yankees fans, why no news is good news regarding free agency
Yankees fans have not been clamoring for free agents, particularly after the early December acquisition of home run king and MVP Giancarlo Stanton and the re-signing of CC Sabathia.
Fans of baseball, especially those that root for the Yankees would agree that this offseason has moved excruciatingly slow.
Clubs and top free agents, such as pitchers Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish, first baseman Eric Hosmer, outfielder J.D. Martinez and third baseman Mike Moustakas, just to name a few, have been unable to come to terms.
In fact, the state of the free agent market has become such a hot-button issue that not only has collusion been mentioned by reporters, but also players such as Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have even suggested a strike in response to the stalled market.
So what hasn’t happened with the Yankees is news, too.
The Yanks have not signed any free agents to fill what appears to be open positions in the infield. They also have not signed a free agent pitcher as insurance for a starting five that includes the 37-year-old CC Sabathia and his chronic knee issues.
Instead of delving into the free agent market, general manager Brian Cashman has said that the Yankees will likely field a team in 2018 featuring two top prospects, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar.
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Torres was recently named the No. 1 shortstop prospect by MLB.com, and Andujar was listed as the No. 3 third base prospect.
While fans have been told by Cashman to expect Torres to man second base this season, he may begin the season at Triple-A to knock the rust off after undergoing Tommy John surgery mid-season last year on his non-throwing elbow.
There will likely be a Spring Training battle between Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade for the second base position until Torres is called up, perhaps in early May.
Cashman has also said that Miguel Andujar will be at third base for the Yanks this season. He has confidence that Andujar and some combo of Torres, Wade or Torreyes can cover the infield and contribute to the team’s success in 2018.
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So no news turns out to be good news for Yankees’ fans who have been eager to see the youth movement continue in the Bronx. After the successes of Sanchez and Judge, fans are excited to watch Andujar and eventually, Torres, come into their own in the big leagues sometime this season.