A look at 2B, 3B and SS for the 2021 Yankees
Second basemen (1)
DJ LeMahieu will hit free agency after the 2020 season and its hard to imagine the Yankees letting him walk in free agency after a top-five MVP finish last year.
LeMahieu’s numbers speak for themselves and his positional versatility should keep him viable even as he enters his mid-30s in a few seasons.
Third basemen (2)
If baseball isn’t played, the Yankees will likely ride the wave at third base. Gio Urshela was phenomenal at the hot corner in 2019. To expect him to hit above .300 again may be unwise but his plus-fielding will likely keep him on the roster unless his offense completely disappears.
His rookie season proved he can hit at the MLB level but his fielding woes have left Andujar essentially positionless. His defense would have likely hurt his playing time in 2020 but Andujar’s offense is too good to ignore.
Unless the Yankees find a perfect trade, Andujar is too young and has too many years of control to move at this point. Plus, if baseball does not return Andujar will have another year to work on his fielding and get some work at first base and in the outfield.
He will ONLY be 24 in 2021. Next.
Tyler Wade’s bat remains his biggest question mark. He can field multiple positions and is expected to play the super-utility role in 2019.
Thairo Estrada is probably the only in-house candidate who can take Wade’s spot next season and although there are a few veterans who can fill a similar role on the free-agent market, it certainly isn’t a pressing need.