Yankees and free agent third baseman have had recent contract talks, and more than once.
TAMPA — The Yankees’ job openings at second and third base came up twice Tuesday during new manager Aaron Boone’s first news conference of the spring.
On reporting day for pitchers and catchers, Boone threw it out there that it’s a “real possibility” that his club will open the season with two rookie starters, Miguel Andujar at third and Gleyber Torres at second. Utility infielder Ronald Torreyes, who did well filling in as the starter for a month last season at both short and second, also is in the mix, as is second-year utility infielder Tyler Wade.
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Another possibility is a slugging free agent third baseman who still is unsigned.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees and Mike Moustakas “have been in occasional contact in recent days.”
Heyman added that “Yankees people suggest the signing of any star remains unlikely at this moment due to concerns over the luxury-tax threshold and potential loss of a draft pick” and that a signing is a “long shot.”
No surprise there.
But spring training now is underway and Moustakas, who set a Kansas City Royals’ single-season record with 38 homers last season, still hasn’t received an offer that he deemed was worthy of accepting.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted in December that he’d land a five-year, $85-million contract, which is $17 million per. He’s probably not going to end up with anything close to that.
Meantime, the Yankees are beginning spring camp with Andujar, who has played six big-league innings at third base, as a favorite to be their starter at third on a powerhouse club that made it Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS.
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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports