Rumor: New York Yankees May Sign Veteran Shortstop This Winter

 

With Gleyber Torres being switched to second base, the Yankees are expected to be on the hunt for a shortstop. According to Andy Martino, the New York Yankees may elect to go for a short-term option and bring in Andrelton Simmons. He noted that the Yankees were interested in trading for Simmons at the trade deadline, but a deal did not occur. 

The team envisions Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza being big pieces of the team in the near future, so Simmons could be a good veteran to have around for a season or two. This would allow the two prospects to continue to develop instead of being rushed into the big-leagues. 

However, it's also important to note that Simmons is coming off of a rough season at the plate. In 131 games with the Minnesota Twins this year, he had three home runs, 31 RBIs and a low .223 batting average. Normally, the 32-year-old is a very solid contact hitter, so these numbers were disappointing for his standards.

However, in 2020, he was quite good in his 30 games. Although he had a very short season, he sported a .297 batting average. Therefore, one could argue that he could have a bounce back campaign. 

He's also been noted for his excellent fielding abiltity. Over his career, he's won four Gold Glove Awards and six Fielding Bible Awards. However, his last wins for each award occurred in 2018. 

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