NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mike Moustakas still needs a team. The Yankees don’t necessarily need a third baseman, but general manager Brian Cashman has expressed reservations about chasing a world title while starting two rookie infielders.
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Jon Heyman of WFAN and FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Moustakas, a free agent, have stayed in occasional contact in recent days, although Heyman’s Yankees sources say a signing is a long shot.
The Bronx Bombers are looking to stay under the luxury-tax threshold of $197 million, and Cashman also has said he’d like to leave some money available for a potential trade at the deadline.
Right now, the Yankees are believed to be roughly $20 million under the threshold. Moustakas, 29, is expected to command a multiyear deal averaging between $15 million and $20 million annually. So while the Yankees might be interested in Moustakas, signing the two-time All-Star would likely require first shedding all or part of an existing big salary, such as Jacoby Ellsbury’s $21.1 million. But, of course, that’s easier said than done.Yonkers Police: 2 Men Dead After One Jumps Off Building And Hits The Other 12 Stories Below
Moustakas spent the first seven years of his career with the Kansas City Royals. Last season, he hit .272 with a career-high 38 homers and 85 RBIs.
If the Yankees do not add a veteran infielder, they could end up starting rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres at third and second bases, respectively.
While a lot might have to fall into place in order for the Yankees to sign Moustakas, stranger things have happened. A Bombers trade for Giancarlo Stanton initially seemed unlikely, but New York and the Marlins were eventually able to hammer out a deal. Two years ago, it appeared the Mets and Yoenis Cespedes were going their separate ways, but the Mets stayed in touch with the slugger before signing him to a shorter contract more to their liking.New York City Public Schools To Increase COVID Testing, Relax Quarantine Rules
If the Yankees were able to sign Moustakas, it would create a lineup that would strike even more fear into opposing pitchers. The Bombers’ starters already include sluggers Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird.