Thursday, February 20, 2014

Yankees In Discussion w/ Aledmys Diaz

This sure puts a monkey wrench into the "We Need Stephen Drew" camp as news broke today that the Yankees are among seven teams currently in discussion with Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz. According to Joe Strauss the Yankees are holding a workout for Diaz today as the free agent expects to sign rather quickly now that he is eligible and off a suspension for falsifying his age on his visa documentation.

Diaz prefers to stay at shortstop but has expressed a willingness to play second base, third base, or whatever position is necessary. Sounds like he could be a good match for a right handed platoon for Kelly Johnson at third base if the Yankees are not exactly sold on Eduardo Nunez yet.

Diaz will not count against teams international spending pools and is a true free agent that, according to his agent, could sign as soon as tomorrow or Saturday. The Yankees were also expected to work out fellow Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne. The Yankees have said they are not signing any more major league free agents so this may be all moot, or Brian Cashman may be pushing another Bubba Crosby over our eyes. Stay tuned.

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