LADY AT THE BAT: Six For Six: Candidates To Fill The Hole At Short For The Yankees

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Six For Six: Candidates To Fill The Hole At Short For The Yankees

While Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi focus on who will play 3B for the Yankees next year, I'm thinking about who will be pounding a glove one position over, at shortstop.

By my count, there are at least a dozen men who could be the immediate successor to Derek Jeter. Some, like Brendan Ryan and Troy Tulowitzki, don't deserve a chance. Others, like Elvis Andrus, might not be available.  Another shortstop, Jung-Ho Kang, is too much of an unknown.

So, who is left? There are six men whom the Yankees should seriously consider to be the next Yankee shortstop (as long as they don't rack up too many E6's). In order of importance, they are:

1. Stephen Drew
2. Jose Pirela
3. Alexei Ramirez
4. Starlin Castro
5. Asdrubal Cabrera
6. Jed Lowrie

As long as Drew receives only a one-year deal, signing him would be a no-brainer. Of course, we'd be right back where we started next year. Enter Jose Pirela, who has played over 300 minor league games at shortstop.  Or, why not forget Drew and make it Pirela's job to lose for 2015?

Alexei Ramirez is a solid possibility, considering that the White Sox have scouted the catchers in the Yankees farm system.  Also, look at the symbolism that comes with it: Ramirez was the one who took over for Jeter at his last All Star Game earlier this year.

I have mentioned Starlin Castro several times already, and I still think the Yankees should, at the very least, make a phone call about him.  Asdrubal Cabrera might not be available but there is no harm in asking.  Jed Lowrie is a free agent so, asking is the least you can do with him.

We should have a better idea of who the Yankees are targeting in a few weeks. I can hardly wait.

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