From the NY Post:
Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Tampa in a little more than six weeks, and the Yankees are still prepared to go with the possibility of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar in the infield, according to general manager Brian Cashman.
“If the market changes, we’re prepared to adjust,” Cashman said. “But right now, we’re still treading water. This is what we’ve got, in addition to other guys like Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada. I’m excited with what we have.”
…”We’ve know what Andujar is capable of and we know the talent of Torres.”
The expectation all winter has been for the Yankees to add a veteran infielder or two who can play third and potentially second base while also providing Greg Bird insurance at first. However, due to the plethora of free agents still available and the inability to unload Jacoby Ellsbury‘s contract, the Yankees haven’t done much since the Giancarlo Stanton trade.
While I would still like to see the Yankees re-sign Todd Frazier or a sign a free agent like Howie Kendrick, I would also have no problem going into the year with Torres and Andujar. Torres, their top prospect, was close to getting called up last year before his elbow injury, and Andujar also looks ready after he hit .317/.364/.502 in 250 plate appearances in Triple-A.
I have to say, though, that this reeks of the time the Cashman said the Yankees would use Bubba Crosby as their center fielder before signing Johnny Damon. I don’t expect a big splash with the luxury tax looming, but I do expect the Yankees will still bring in a veteran.