With the loss of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius, the Yankees are showing interest in the Reds' Zack Cozart, the Tigers' Jose Iglesias and the Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed as potential replacements, NJ.com's Brendan Kuty reports.
Gregorius injured his shoulder while playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and could miss all of April.
While the Yankees spoke with the Reds and Tigers about Cozart and Iglesias respectively, they said they weren't prepared to trade for either, reports George A. King III of the NY Post.
Cozart was the productive of the trio. The 31-year-old hit .252 with a career-high 16 homers and 50 RBIs for Cincinnati.
GM Brian Cashman said yesterday that Tyler Wade, Pete Kozma, Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, and Starlin Castro would help fill in at shortstop while Gregorius is out.
Cashman said top prospect Gleyber Torres, who was sent to minor league camp Tuesday and will begin the season at Double-A Trenton, would not be an option.
With Gregorius set to miss at least one month, it would be negligent of the Yankees to refrain from getting an idea of what it would take to acquire a shortstop from outside the organization.
That said, the Yankees will likely resort to such measures only if Gregorius' timetable for return is pushed beyond the current estimate and no one has stepped up within the organization. In the short term, it seems the Yankees will pick someone from the supply of in-house candidates and if he isn't working out, they would shift to the next player until one clicks or Gregorius returns.
Personally, I would simply prefer the Yankees stick with the players they currently have under control versus trading for players they might not want to maintain once Gregorius is back with the big league club.