According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Yankees have shown interest in Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Among other clubs, the Yankees have considered the idea of acquiring the two-time All Star with the intent of moving him to first base.
Over 900 career games in the Big Leagues, Moustakas has played just two games at first base. Although he lacks experience at the position, his bat would be a nice addition to a Yankees lineup that could definitely benefit from adding some left-handed power.
Currently, the Yankees first baseman situation isn’t ideal.
Since returning from the disabled list, current first baseman Greg Bird has struggled. In 32 games, the 25-year-old has posted a slash line of .200/.306/.419.
The Yankees other internal options to play first base, such as Tyler Austin, Brandon Drury and Neil Walker. However, none of those players seem to be a long-term fit at the position. If Bird’s struggles continue, the Yankees may be forced to add a first baseman prior to the trade deadline.
Although they want to improve the roster, the Yankees are focused on staying under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold. Moustakas’ current deal could help them accomplish both goals.
During the offseason, Moustakas signed a one-year, $6.5 million dollar contract. It’s likely that the Yankees would be able to afford his contract while still having room under the threshold to add a starting pitcher.
The deadline is still a few weeks away, but the rumors are starting to pick up. It’s almost certain that the Bronx Bombers will be looking to bolster their roster for the upcoming playoff stretch.
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