The New York Yankees lost a key infield veteran in Didi Gregorius this offseason and need a familiar replacement
The Major League Baseball offseason has been filled with a variety of players changing teams and signing mega-deals. The New York Yankees have already paid big money on a top tier starting pitcher for the rotation as their focus shifts to adding depth to their infield positions.
The Yankees parted ways with fan favorite and former starting shortstop Didi Gregorius as he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. The apparent transition will be Gleyber Torres starting at his natural shortstop position next season, but the depth behind him could be in question as spring training approaches. Miguel Andujar is expected to be healthy for the start of the season but is a risk defensively and could be regulated to becoming a designated hitter.
The exciting option of former Yankees infielder Starlin Castro could be the perfect fit. Castro has spent the past two seasons with the Miami Marlins after being included in the 2017 trade for Giancarlo Stanton. Castro went from one game away from the World Series to struggling to win games with the young Marlins team.
After the trade was completed, Castro spoke about leaving the Yankees and adjusting to life on another team during an interview with the New York Post at spring training 2018.
“It’s kind of sad, but it’s one of the things I can’t control,” said Castro, who added that he has been in touch with Yankees CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, and Luis Severino. “I can control ‘Play hard.’ I can control ‘Be healthy.’ I can control ‘Be here every day, do my best every day.’”
“It’s kind of a little tough right in the moment, because we missed, by one game, [going to] the World Series,” Castro said. “Now I feel pretty good.”
Castro played multiple infield positions with the Marlins and is a consistent hitter at the plate. He played all 162 games last year for Miami hitting 22 home runs while driving in 86 runs. The stats are impressive enough to warrant a fulltime starting job with many teams provably.
Castro could miss the old days and sign a one year deal to prove himself, either way, and it’s worth reaching out if your Brian Cashman.