The New York Yankees need help on so many levels. We are talking about the outside field, but that’s not all.
The club didn’t think they needed any help in the second goal, but it looks like they do. DJ LeMahieu does not know the season of his career, but he is often called upon to play elsewhere. Rougned Odor is often in second cushion because he’s left-handed, but he should be a bench player because he’s not the most productive of the bunch.
By going for a second baseman, the Yankees could / should go for a southpaw with good MPP (OPS), something the club is sorely lacking.
That’s why Jon Morosi suggests Adam Frazier.
Several reasons make him a good candidate.
1. He plays well in infield (we’re talking about an everyday second baseman), but he can also play in left field. Jackpot.
2. His 141+ OPS makes him 41% better than the league average at getting to goals and generating power. It fills a need, especially at second base.
3. He is a left handed hitter.
4. He’s not making a lot of money ($ 4.3M) and he’s under the team’s control in 2022 as well.
5. He plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates, which makes him a candidate to quit on the trade deadline.
Obviously, all is not rosy.
Going for that guy would prevent Gleyber Torres from playing second base (because I believe one day the Yankees will want to send Torres to second base, DJ LeMahieu to third base and Gio Urshela to shortstop). It cuts off the possibility.
More importantly, it might prevent the Yankees from getting their hands on what they really need: a center fielder. With the constraint of the cap and the fact that the team may want to add to their pitching staff as well, adding Frazier to payroll may not be optimal. We can still raise the possibility.
My colleague Sébastien Berrouard recently talked about the possibility of targeting Ketel Marte. There are other choices, like Michael A. Taylor.
Andy Martino doesn’t close the door on seeing Andrew Benintendi in New York, but let’s say he doesn’t believe much either. Me neither.
In short, several options are on Brian Cashman’s table.