Yankees GM Brian Cashman admitted he is intrigued by the possibility of handing Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar starting jobs this season and confirmed that is currently the plan.
Of course with the Yankees, plans can change and change quickly. But one month away from the team's first official spring training workout, Torres is tipped to start at second base for Opening Day and Andujar at third.
"Intrigued? I mean, it's kind of the plan right now," Cashman said, via Mike Mazzeo of NY Daily News. "We certainly could deviate from that at any point if we want to buy us some more time. But when we made the decision to move (Starlin) Castro and (Chase) Headley, it was obviously gravitating to the use and upside - including growing pains - of Tyler Wade, Torres, Thairo Estrada, Andujar and Ronald Torreyes."
Cashman did allow for the possibility that Torres might need to start the season in the minors considering he hasn't played since last June. If he spends two weeks in the minors to start the season, it would also keep Torres under team control for an extra season, through 2024.
"It's easier to kind of expect that he'll need more time because he didn't have a full season in Triple-A and he hasn't played since June 17," Cashman said. "But I think when you have a lot of ability, you have a chance to change that storyline rather quickly. But he hasn't played in a while, so it wouldn't be surprising if there's some rust that needs to be knocked off. Still, he's talented, so we'll see."
Torres, 21, is rated by MLB.com as the league's second-best prospect, behind only Angels' Shohei Ohtani. Andujar, who will turn 23 in March, is rated as the Yankees 5th best prospect.
"(Andujar's) bat is definitely something that you can play now," Cashman said. "The defense is an area that he's finishing off. But when you have the type of talent that these two guys (Andujar and Torres) possess, when it all comes together, it comes fast."
The Yankees have been public about their intent to stay under the luxury tax ahead of next season's free agent class, headlined by Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, and handing two infield spots to rookies would help the team stay under, as they're currently projected.