When New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke on Tuesday after announcing the renewal of Aaron Boone as manager, he may have tipped his hand a bit.
Cashman said that Gleyber Torres is best suited to play second base for the Yankees.
Torres looked uncomfortable at shortstop, as he hit .211 in June and .240 in July. Then he got put back at second base and the change was almost immediate; Torres hit .393 in August and .292 in September.
Torres also made 18 errors at shortstop, while he made just one at second base. It’s clear Torres is better suited for second base, and whatever it means for DJ LeMahieu, who signed a six-year deal last winter, it means that Boone and Cashman will have to figure out where he is playing for 2022.
What is also means is that the Yankees are likely looking for a shortstop and may have one in mind; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager.
The 27-year-old is currently trying to help the Dodgers defend their World Series Championship, as they are down 2-0 in the NLCS to the Atlanta Braves. A year ago, Seager won both the NLCS and World Series MVP Awards en route to the Dodgers winning it all.
He’s a perfect fit for the Yankees lineup that needs another solid lefty bat in there. Despite missing over 6pm games due to a broken hand, Seager still hit .306 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI in 95 games.
In 92 games at short, he only made eight errors, which is a lot less than Torres made. Seager fits what the Yankees need, and he has the winning pedigree behind him from all of the postseason experience and success with the Dodgers.
If the Yankees are going to focus on one major free agent from outside the Bronx, Seager is that guy; like Gerrit Cole was two winters ago.
The Yankees won 92 games this past season and still found themselves behind the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros in the standings.
Flexing the payroll muscle is something the Yankees are good at, and if they want to pass their rivals, adding someone with impact like Seager is the way to go.