Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Yankees are considered the front-runners to land Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz after holding a private workout for the middle-infielder on Friday. 

A decision on where he'll sign could come Monday, with the Cardinals, Giants, Blue Jays, Braves, Phillies and Mariners. For the moment, the Cardinals appear to be the other top candidate in the running.

Derek Jeter is expected to be the everyday shortstop for the Yankees this season, with Brendan Ryan getting most of the reps as his back. But with Jeter's impending retirement coming after the season, adding a young middle-infielders for the future is something they must do.

Diaz has been compared to Jose Iglesias in the field, which is a good thing, but they say that his bat is not as good as his glove, which is where spending a lot of money on this kid could become a little risky.

The Yankees already have Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts signed under one-year deals to be the two main second baseman, but if Johnson is going to playing third base a lot this season, Diaz could possibly move over to second to platoon with Roberts, who has not played more than 77 games in the last four years.


Gavin Ewbank is the Lead Writer of Yanks Beat Blog, and you can follow him on Twitter @GavinEwbank.


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