In hopes to fix their first base woes, the New York Yankees are looking for help via the Oakland Athletics.
The New York Yankees may rank second-to-last in WAR from the first base position in 2017, but they’re looking to fix that as they are discussing a trade involving All-Star first baseman Yonder Alonso with the Oakland Athletics, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
This also comes at a time after Oakland sent scouts to New York’s Single-A Charleston, a clear indication of mutual interest between the two organizations in some kind of move. While the Yankees have a focus on starting pitching help this summer, finding a short-term fix for Greg Bird, who underwent surgery on Monday on his Os Trigonum, may be on the horizon as well.
Alonso, 30, is slashing .268/.366/.555 this season with 21 home runs and 44 RBIs. His .921 OPS also ranks ninth among qualified Major League first baseman and since he’s slated to hit the open market this offseason, Alonso will likely be dealt on or before July 31.
New York has seen eight different starters at first base including the latest platoon of Ji-Man Choi and Garrett Cooper. Bird will likely be out for six-to-eight weeks and the injury bug hasn’t been nice to Tyler Austin, either.
While Morosi also reports that the size of the trade “remains unclear,” the Yankees have some young pieces vice president Billy Beane would want a part of his rebuild and the Athletics have the answer to a hole in New York’s lineup. This could pick up a lot of heat over the next two weeks.