New York reportedly attempted to acquire Andrelton Simmons from the Minnesota Twins before this year’s trade deadline
The Yankees moved Gleyber Torres from shortstop to second base early in the month of September, but this report suggests New York was considering the swap far earlier in the season.
According to SNY’s Andy Martino, New York attempted to trade for shortstop Andrelton Simmons leading up to the trade deadline.
Martino mentioned the defense-first option as a possible short-term solution at the position, bridging the gap between 2022 and the arrival of top prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza.
Simmons is now a free agent this offseason after signing a one-year deal with Minnesota worth $10.5 million. The veteran had one of the worst seasons of his career with the Twins, hitting just .223 (92-for-412) over 130 games with three home runs and a .558 OPS.
Still, even as he enters his 11th season in the big leagues, Simmons is elite defensively. The 32-year-old finished the season with the fourth-best mark among shortstops in Outs Above Average (16). For reference, Torres finished with the third-worst OAA among qualified shortstop with a -9 OAA. Simmons has also won four Gold Glove Awards in his career, stretching back to his time with the Braves and Angels.
There’s always a chance that New York could target one of the top shortstops on the free agent market. This winter’s class includes the likes of Carlos Correa, Javier Báez, Trevor Story and Corey Seager.
The organization is high on those aforementioned prospects, though. Perhaps that would lead the Yankees to steer clear of a massive contract at the position, biding their time for the youngsters to get ready for their big-league debuts.
That said, it would be hard to turn down an opportunity to add one of those superstars to an offense that underperformed across the board this past season…