If Opening Day were today, the Yankees would be trotting out an infield with a rookie starting at 2nd base in Gleyber Torres, a rookie at 3rd base in Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird at 1st base who has missed all of 2016 along with a majority of the 2017 season due to injury.
The Yankees have been extremely active this offseason making a couple of trades in order to try to get better along with trying to stay under the 197 million tax threshold. Getting Giancarlo Stanton for basically a half eaten bag of peanuts and some old Derek Jeter highlights was absolutely masterful work by the wizard Brian Cashman and the Yankees. Trading away Chase Headley was an outstanding idea as well because it allowed the Yankees to clear up cap space and get out from under Headley’s abysmal contract. But the issue with these trades is they left two major holes in the infield.
The Yankees have one of the most talented minor league systems in baseball and as of right now, Brian Cashman is counting on them to come up to the majors and produce to start the season. But my argument is the Yankees actually need to dip into the free agency market for some help.
Miguel Andujar hit .317/.364/.502 with 9 HR and 30 RBI in just 58 games in AAA Scranton in 2017 but has to work on his inconsistency on the defensive end. Andujar made 17 errors in 115 games and will have issues manning the hot corner in the MLB unless he works through his defensive shortcomings.
Enter Todd Frazier. The 31-year old vet fit into the Yankees clubhouse tremendously last season, and offers more thump in the lineup. Frazier is an outstanding clubhouse presence and is a plus defender, He may not hit for a high batting average, but his energy and experience is something that the younger players on the team can feed off of.
The main issue as to why Frazier is not back yet is because of the money. Frazier is looking for a multi-year deal which is out of the Yankees price range. The veteran 3rd baseman has publicly stated that he wants to be back in pinstripes, and the team could absolutely use him.
If Todd Frazier is willing to come down to a possible one-year deal with a player option, the Tom’s River native could come back to play in New York and mentor this young team while providing great defense at the hot corner.
Come back Todd, Yankees fans miss you.