The Yankees’ infield is unresolved, with potential holes at first base, third and shortstop and Gleyber Torres at second base after the failed experiment on cards.
Where DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela fit is still unknown.
LeMahieu’s best spot is second base and Urshelas is third, but LeMahieu may be forced to third base and the Yankees will upgrade in no time.
“DJ, I think, gives us the flexibility to do something more strategic [roster] moves, whether it’s free agency or a trade, ” Aaron Boone said during a Zoom call Tuesday. “Dj will be out there every day. He is able to play third base, second base or even first base and you can build rosters that way in a way. “
That’s the job LeMahieu was originally signed to fill, as the Yankees surprised many by acquiring him as a free agent ahead of the 2019 season.
Urshela said he was also open to moving around the infield.
The third baseman – who moved to short when Torres switched to second – was at Hackensack University Medical Center Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, where he visited sick children.
He said he was ready to “play everywhere. It does not really matter to me. Wherever they want me to play.”
Urshela will not be a free agent until 2024 and can be used as a merchant chip, but said he wanted to stay with the Yankees, adding, “I can not control that.”
After missing most of the season after a wrist surgery, Aaron Hicks is “in position” to play winter ball, which he has expressed to do.
Brian Cashman said last week at GM meetings that the midfield was a position he would look at out of season. Hicks has four years left on his $ 70 million seven-year deal, which he signed in 2019.
Boone said Hicks sent him a video of himself swinging in the cage, and Hicks said he “feels great.”
The Yankees would have to sign that Hicks played winter ball – something Gary Sanchez did last offseason.
“The greatest thing about Aaron is making sure he’s strong and healthy,” Boone said. “If that’s the case, we know we have [a] really good player. “
Boone said he expects Jameson Taillon (offseason ankle surgery) will be ready to be in the rotation when the regular season is scheduled to begin after.
“Five months [from surgery], he should be all the way back and that’s in line with the end of March or the beginning of April, ” said Boone. “He should throw and rise off a hill in January or February.”
With the collective agreement, which almost certainly expires on December 2, and a lockout to follow, there is no guarantee that spring training or the regular season will start on time.