Yankees: 3 non-shortstops NYY should pay big money for this offseason
By Adam Weinrib
The New York Yankees officially moved Gleyber Torres off shortstop starting Monday afternoon, and not a moment too soon.
Unfortunately, based on the current construction of their infield, they also had to move two other players off their positions to accommodate the switch; the struggling Gio Urshela is now at short, and the powerless DJ LeMahieu is now at third. Less than ideal.
It doesn’t take a lot of dot-connecting to realize why New York is being mentioned with every marquee middle-infield free agent under the sun, from Carlos Correa to Flushing’s own lip-flapper Javier Baéz.
But remember: this team really likes its top shortstop prospects, and with good reason.
Both Oswald Peraza and the fast-rising Anthony Volpe now outrank The Martian Jasson Dominguez on Baseball America’s latest Top 100 rankings, and Volpe has crept tantalizingly close to the top of the whole damn list. It’s very possible Brian Cashman spends on a stopgap option rather than clogs the position with those two names jockeying just below the surface.
So, for the purposes of our experiment, let’s spend the Yankees’ money on a few different positions entirely. No shortstops. We’re looking elsewhere. Because, if there’s one thing we know about this team, it’s that there are plenty of other holes that require addressing. Good teams pile up depth. They don’t discourage it from existing. That’s why Luke Voit should stay.
Oh, right — and Corey Seager not included! People still seem to think he’s a shortstop.
Kidding! Kind of.
These 3 non-shortstop free agents would be worth big money for the Yankees this offseason.
3. Max Scherzer
We are going to scream about the Yankees signing or acquiring Max Scherzer until the moment they actually go out and do it.
Please. Don’t make us advocate for this again several years down the line when he’s 40. Just make us happy.
The Yankees already whiffed on this one back in 2014, then again at the 2021 deadline by not being appealing enough back in 2014 for Scherzer to remove them from his no-trade list. Presuming he likes cold, hard cash, Brian Cashman can change the narrative this time around.
Scherzer will be at his next home for a good time, not a long time, which might sway the Yanks in his direction. After all, they will have gotten themselves under the luxury tax threshold this offseason, and might be amenable to fat, short-term commitments, especially if it absolves them of another long-term decision (as Aaron Judge’s mid-range extension looms).
Though he’s going to turn 38 midway through the 2022 season — don’t say we didn’t warn you — there are no signs of Scherzer slowing down whatsoever. He’s been at his absolute best since heading to Hollywood at this year’s deadline, posting an unfathomable 0.88 ERA in eight starts, along with 72 Ks in 51 innings. This isn’t some small-sample-size Luis Gil-type stuff. This is the realest of deals.
Maybe he looks so comfortable because they let him keep Trea Turner as his teammate, too. Huh. Perhaps the Yankees should also consider that?
Max Scherzer’s Projected Contract: Three Years, $90 Million