Yankees plan for ‘open competition’ at shortstop

Yankees plan for ‘open competition’ at shortstop

SAN DIEGO — When spring coaching rolls round, Brian Cashman mentioned there can be an “trustworthy to goodness open competitors” at shortstop.

That would change if Aaron Decide doesn’t return to The Bronx and the Yankees enter the free-agent marketplace for a shortstop, which Cashman mentioned can be a chance with the cash they don’t spend on Decide.

However Cashman, like managing common companion Hal Steinbrenner did final month, pointed to the staff’s prospects on the place.

“We do have youngsters at the moment,” Cashman mentioned of Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe. “We do have competitors on the shortstop spot. We’ll see the place it shakes out.”

It might go away Isiah Kiner-Falefa with out a spot within the lineup.

Kiner-Falefa was benched through the ALCS as a consequence of defensive miscues, with the Yankees going with Peraza and Oswaldo Cabrera.

“Now we have some actually high-end younger youngsters which can be right here that we’re actually enthusiastic about,” Cashman mentioned. “Is their future as early as subsequent yr? That’s but to be decided. If it’s not, they will nonetheless bide a while.”

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The Yankees might look to maneuver Gleyber Torres, who’s taking part in winter ball in his native Caracas, Venezuela. And DJ LeMahieu is coping with a fractured bone in his foot that might influence his availability for not less than the early a part of subsequent season.

Cashman once more sounded locked into to Josh Donaldson at third base.

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Aaron Boone, additionally on the winter conferences, mentioned he anticipated there to be a battle at shortstop within the spring.

“We really feel we now have numerous expertise there,’’ Boone mentioned of the prospects. “It’s a deep group.”

Of Peraza, Boone mentioned, “He’s prepared for that chance. He’s earned the chance to compete for extra of a task.”

Anthony VolpeCharles Wenzelberg / New York Po

Cashman mentioned he’s met with Kodai Senga’s agent, Joel Wolfe, and is engaged on the beginning pitching market.

Carlos Rodon is the premier free agent left in free company and the Yankees are interested by him, in response to sources.

Cashman mentioned he considers the rotation to be “in fine condition” with Gerrit Cole, Frankie Montas, Nestor Cortes and Luis Severino, in addition to Domingo German and Clarke Schmidt.

“That doesn’t imply you don’t need to enhance it,’’ the overall supervisor mentioned.

Boone mentioned, “I believe we’re gonna look so as to add to the depth.”

Boone mentioned LeMahieu is working on the staff’s facility in Tampa and was anticipated to see a foot specialist Tuesday to additional talk about the fractured sesamoid bone in his proper large toe that sidelined him for the playoffs.

The supervisor mentioned LeMahieu has been working and taking floor balls and was seen by the staff’s coaching employees, who have been all inspired by his progress.

“He’s doing fairly nicely, truly,’’ Boone mentioned.

A possible surgical procedure can be difficult.

Boone added he spoke with LeMahieu final week and “it was the primary time there was just a little optimism about what he was experiencing.”

Boone mentioned he’s nonetheless making an attempt to exchange Hensley Meulens as assistant hitting coach. Meulens left to develop into the Rockies’ hitting coach.

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