If the Yankees pushed for one of many large shortstops within the free-agent market, Joel Sherman of The New York Post believes Corey Seager can be the perfect match, as his left-handed bat and phone expertise would assist a principally right-handed Yankees lineup that contained loads of swing-and-miss in 2021. Marcus Semien can be a candidate, however Sherman isn’t as bullish on the probabilities of Carlos Correa, Trevor Story or Javier Baez ending up within the Bronx. “There appears to have been a gradual falling out of affection with Story” on the Yankees’ half, Sherman writes, whereas Baez drew some curiosity on the commerce deadline however maybe solely as a short-term repair. As for Correa, there would possibly nonetheless be a lot dangerous blood over the sign-stealing scandal that the Yankees won’t need something to do with a participant who was such a outstanding member of the 2017 Astros.
This presumes, after all, that New York will really goal for one of many large names, relatively than watch for extremely touted shortstop prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza to succeed in the majors. Seager may also be a great match on this regard, Sherman opines, as Seager may finally be moved over to 3rd base. Or, relying on how the brand new collective bargaining settlement alters enterprise, the Yankees may simply go for a stopgap shortstop as a bridge to Volpe/Peraza and spend sources elsewhere.
Extra from across the AL East…
- “The primary 4 months, 5 months, all the things was good. The final six weeks something that might have gone mistaken has gone mistaken,” Matt Barnes advised Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, discussing the tough finish to the season that turned the previous Pink Sox nearer right into a postseason query mark. Barnes was having fun with an amazing season till August, when he bumped into some struggles on the mound and was then sidelined with a case of COVID-19. If that wasn’t sufficient, Barnes revealed that he additionally suffered a self-inflicted left thumb damage in late September, as he sliced off the tip of his thumb whereas chopping peppers to make an omelet. Barnes was in a position to hold taking part in, albeit with a bandage on his thumb and what Speier describes as “a tough plastic casing inside his glove so he can catch the ball with out ache.” Although Barnes was a part of the roster for Boston’s wild-card recreation victory over the Yankees, he wasn’t included on the ALCS roster and wasn’t initially on the ALDS roster till rejoining the Pink Sox as an damage alternative. Contemplating the circumstances, it’s troublesome to see Barnes figuring into a possible World Sequence roster except there’s one other damage absence.
- Between an indirect pressure, a lat pressure, after which a triceps pressure that occurred whereas rehabbing the lat damage, Hunter Harvey pitched solely 8 2/3 innings in 2021. The twenty second total decide of the 2013 draft, Harvey has been ravaged by a wide range of accidents over his professional profession, leading to solely 23 2/3 complete MLB innings on his profession resume. “We’ll hold attempting it till no groups wish to strive it anymore or till I work out keep wholesome. That’s my two choices,” Harvey advised MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko, and Harvey has confidence that he can show himself as a dependable reliever for the Orioles if he can keep away from the injured checklist. Harvey admitted “there have been occasions I needed to hold it up and never hold doing it anymore,” however he credited his father (former Angels and Marlins nearer Bryan Harvey) with serving to him keep motivated. “He’s type of talked me off that ledge a pair occasions, and he’s put that mindset in my head that it might be worse,” Harvey mentioned. “It simply will get to the purpose now, it’s like, we’ll get by way of this and begin again over and take a look at it once more.”