The Yankees are considering the possibility of opening the season with a pair of nondescript players at second and third base, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal writes.
While Rosenthal says it's unlikely that both positions are manned by less established players, it's not out of the question. He cites prospects Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Tyler Wade as well as Ronald Torreyes as possibilities. The return of Todd Frazier, who is still available as a free agent, is another option on the table for the Yankees.
Torres, 21, has completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow last summer, but has yet to play a full season at Double-A.
Andujar, 22, hit .315/.352/.498 with 54 extra-base hits and 82 RBIs in 125 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2017. He went 4-for-7 in eight games after he was promoted to the Yankees last September.
I wrote at length earlier in the offseason that going with a completely inexperienced crew at second and third base was a distinct possibility and further suggested that the rest of the Yankees roster could withstand any growing pains.
In my view, if the Yankees add a frontline starter -- they are connected to Yu Darvish -- then they will stick with the young and inexpensive options in the infield. However, if they cannot wiggle Darvish into the pay structure, then they may very well look to add someone like Frazier, which I've also mentioned here before. Frazier can play either corner infield position, which would provide some insurance for Greg Bird at first base and also allow for a grace period for Andujar at third base.
Even if Frazier required a two-year deal, it would likely carry a "low" average annual value and his role could be very much the same in 2019 (roving corner infielder). By then the Yankees will have decided if Andujar is the answer at third base or if they want to enter into the hot corner sweepstakes featuring Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson. Frazier would not be blocking a newcomer or Andujar and quite honestly if the Yankees felt as though Frazier would be a surplus commodity, the veteran may still hold trade value just as Chase Headley did this offseason.