The New York Yankees are heading into the offseason without a starting first baseman after the retirement of Mark Teixeira. However, the latest MLB rumors suggest that the Yankees should acquire Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
According to Joe Biglio of the NJ Advance Media Group, the Yankees, as well as the New York Mets, should try to get Goldschmidt. He noted that Arizona will have new a regime this winter and there is a possibility that they are going to shop their 29-year-old first baseman.
“When the offseason officially gets underway after the 2016 postseason comes to its end, both the Yankees and Mets should make it a priority to inquire about baseball’s most underrated superstar: Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,” Biglio suggested.
Biglio also pointed out several reasons why trading for Paul Goldschmidt is a good thing for the Yankees and Mets. He mentioned that the first base position is still up for grabs since Greg Bird is coming off an injury. The four-time All-Star is also affordable due to a team-friendly deal until the 2019 season.
Goldschmidt is also a sure thing since he has been named to the All-Star Game for four straight seasons since 2013 while finishing in the top two voting of the NL MVP award twice. The Diamondbacks also need to replenish their farm system after a failed attempt to become contenders this season.
However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has pointed out that his approach for next season is to go young at first base, per Chad Jennings of Lohud.com. The Yankees have options at first with the returning Greg Bird, prospect Tyler Austin and utility man Rob Refsnyder.
Nevertheless, these are just MLB rumors at the moment and the Yankees are always a threat to make big moves in the winter. The team has made some great deals to improve their farm system and it looks like it will pay off starting next season.
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