1. Trevor Story, Marcus Semien and the Shortstops
“What does it mean for Gleyber Torres? And Luke Voit? And Gio Urshela?”
Get the talent now, figure out what it means and who gets displaced later.
Also, after watching the 2021 Yankees and charting their regression … is there any one of these players who’s absolutely untouchable as a starter. Voit hasn’t played, and missed half of 2019. Without a full 162-game slate in 2020, we can’t be sure how many games he would’ve completed. Perhaps Torres’ ceiling has been lowered? He walks less, strikes out less, and hits for less power. How?
Urshela has largely been fantastic, but even his average has begun to creep into the .250s. His defense is stunning, his bat has been clutch … but will he be a starter in two years, or just a great glue guy?
Trevor Story is of course both the biggest name and the most likely to be available, both at the deadline and following the season. The connection has been made by every national MLB writer; Story and both his tangibles and intangibles would look great in pinstripes. Whether or not the Yankees make a bold play here to reopen their window with a cornerstone shortstop will be the story (NO PUN INTENDED, PLEASE, COME ON) of the offseason.
The Dodgers will need to decide if they think Corey Seager can play the position long-term ahead of committing money to Cody Bellinger and Walker Buehler, too. Marcus Semien, playing on a pillow contract in Toronto (Dunedin/Buffalo) and excelling will be looking for $100+ million to rove around the infield. Javier Baez has looked like a star who can embrace the moment lately in Chicago, instead of a substance-less and regressing slugger.
Will the Yankees take their pick, or will they let the sun set on an era of baseball that never reached the heights that were forecasted?