While going after the big-name starting pitchers on the free agent market may be the top priority for the Yankees this offseason, the team's situation at shortstop is certainly worth keeping an eye on.
SNY's Andy Martino has previously reported that the Yanks are not expected to pursue Didi Gregorius, who's manned the position for them since Derek Jeter retired after the 2014 season, "very aggressively," and at least one other team has already been rumored as a possible destination for the 29-year-old.
Speaking at the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Tuesday, Brian Cashman spoke about the future of the position for the team, discussing both internal and external possibilities.
"I think that worst-case scenario, we have a lot of quality options, but the Yankees never like to operate on the worst-case scenario," Cashman said. "We always like to operate with how we can best be deployed with the available options to us that are realistic.
"That process is still going on and being formulated, without an answer today on that, but I think the team that we have manning the infield right now is really good. So ,my job is to find can it be made better with the available players on the marketplace, but trade and free agency. Until I get more information from potential trade partners or agents, I don't have an answer for you."
Gregorius missed half the 2019 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, and he didn't appear to be quite the same player when he returned. As he tried to shake off some rust, Gregorius hit just .238, his lowest single-season average as a Yankee.
In the playoffs, Gregorius went 9-for-33 at the plate, and while he drove in six runs in the ALDS against Twins, he failed to drive in a run during the six games of the ALCS.
The Yankees currently have players like Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela, and even Tyler Wade on the roster who could potentially step in and fill that role full-time.
Torres played 75 games at short for the Yankees while Gregorius was still recovering, and he had plenty of success during those games, batting .289 with 25 home runs and a .954 OPS.