With Didi Gregorius on the shelf, the Yankees are covering all their bases regarding finding a new shortstop.
Apparently, the Arizona Diamondbacks might have the thing to help the team with their problem.
According to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro, the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays have expressed interest in shortstop Nick Ahmed. It’s questionable why the Yankees would be interested in Ahmed, especially since they already have Tyler Wade, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Ruben Tejada and Donovan Solano as shortstop depth. Also the Yankees have an idea on when Gregorius will return to the starting lineup.
However, the Diamondbacks have been fielding interest in Ahmed all Spring, especially since they have other middle of the diamond options.
Ahmed had recently dealt with a season-ending hip injury from last August. However, he is controllable through the 2020 season, maybe even 2021 based on the service time he accumulates this season. It’s also worth mentioning Ahmed is a great defender at shortstop, with +34 Defensive Runs Saved.
The Yankees are expecting Gregorius to return at the end of April after he suffered a shoulder strain from playing second base in the World Baseball Classic.