The New York Yankees have yet to answer their big shortstop question this offseason, and with the majority of draft options already on the market, the odds of landing a big name are dwindling. The longer Carlos Correa and Trevor Story remain available, the less general manager Brian Cashman gets one. Normally the Yankees are extremely aggressive with their process but have taken a more cautious approach in recent days.
However, given the Yankees’ low-key strategy, it’s possible they’ll stick with a player already on the roster, as manager Aaron Boone attested during spring training on Sunday.
“Gio,” Boone said Sunday when asked about his shortstop right now. “Gleyber [Torres] will have to mix in there. Obviously we have young guys knocking on the door and we’re really excited, [Oswald] Peraza and [Oswaldo] Cabrera who are here. We are just going to let this situation fall apart. I’m sure there are still things to do in the game and certainly with us that will potentially change that landscape along the way.
The Bombers are still extremely excited about their young prospects climbing the farm system, but Urshela could be a stopgap if they want to take a more profitable approach. The 30-year-old infielder has just 41 games of shortstop experience under his belt, which is 285 innings. During that small sample size, Gio posted a .968 field percentage with three errors.
Last season, Urshela took over after the failed Gleyber Torres experiment, spending 28 games at SS, recording a .970 field percentage with two errors. His main position is third base, but he would easily be the most profitable route if the Bombers are willing to wait for Peraza to get a crack at the starting gig.
Nonetheless, it looks like Boone is happy to go with Urshela if need be, but he mentioned that the landscape could change in the coming days as rumors have mentioned interest in Correa.