Yankees: 3 underrated options Yankees must target at 2020 deadline

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Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels makes a play on a ball hit by Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on August 23, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

1. Andrelton Simmons

Someone is going to trade for multi-time Gold Glover Andrelton Simmons. It’s probably going to be the Toronto Blue Jays, an extremely interested party.

So why can’t we get the Yankees going with some urgency here?

Surely you’ve noticed, but the Yanks do not have a shortstop. Tyler Wade isn’t it. Jordy Mercer has been nice, but … folks … yeah. Even a healthy Gleyber Torres (ducks while being pelted with tomatoes) hasn’t been an effective or comfortable shortstop yet in 2020.

Simmons, on the other hand, is as low-risk an addition as it can get this season. He’s a known commodity and a rental, and he’d be more than willing to slide into a mentorship role when Torres returns, you’d think, seeing as it’d be far from a permanent home for him.

We’re not talking about anything that needs to factor into the Yankees’ long-term infield plans. We’re just advocating for ruining a rival’s trade plans by not allowing Toronto to replace Bo Bichette with a star at the position, as well as importing the best possible insurance policy available.

In 2017 and 2018, Simmons finished eighth and 14th in the MVP race. That’s the type of talent who’s available right now for a top-30 prospect, seeing as there’s no long-term security attached to his name. Even if it doesn’t work out, and even if Torres returns ahead of schedule in a week, why would you not take that chance with the Jays in the very same fray?