Several teams have been rumored to be scouting the Yankees players. They are scouting primarily pitching and catching talent. It is not a secret that the Bronx Bomber would like to upgrade their infield or at least get some viable options for the future. With a third basemen (A-Rod), shortstop and second basemen all over 36. The Yankees are looking for potential replacements. Question remains for those teams scouting the Yankees: What do they have, that maybe of interest in the minor leagues. Finally, what might they have that is now in the big leagues?
Chicago White Sox have an interesting shortstop in Marcus Semien. He has great OBP respectable batting average and good power. Little wonder Alexei Ramirez or Gordon Beckham are available. Not to mention a year behind is a second basemen, Micah Sanchez.
Cleveland has Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez about ready to man short and second. Ramirez has no place to go, with Jason Kipnis blocking his rise to the big leagues. Asdrubal Cabrera should be available depending on the status of Lindor's back injury. Best options here are Cabrera and Ramirez. Lindor is untouchable because he has superstar written all over him.
The Twins need an up grade at short. I highly doubt they would let Eddie Rosario go. Some good potential at second in Jorge Polanco. Travis Harrison has respectable power at third but batting average is not what one wants. Daniel Santana is an interesting guy who can play short and third plenty of promise.
Seattle has Nick Franklin and Brad Miller fighting it out for short. D.J. Peterson is a good looking third basemen, Chris Taylor is about ready to bring into the big leagues but is blocked at both short and second. Both Stefen Romanero and Patrick Kivlehan are getting close to being ready at third.
The Cubs have a lot of potential in the infield. Javier Baez is pushing, Starlin Castro. He might end up at second. Mike Olt had a poor year in 2013 but the potential is there at third. He is looking over his shoulder at Chris Bryant or Christian Villanueva who are suppose to be ready in 2016 and maybe sooner. Second base, maybe Arismendy Alcantara road to the majors. But he can play short and Gioskar Amaya is moving up quickly thru the ranks at second base.
Arizona has quite a battle going on at short this year. Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings are in the midst of this battle, loser most likely will be traded to fill other needs of the D-Backs. Jake Lamb and Brandon Drury should be ready no later than 2016 and could be on the fast track.
Giants have Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones moving thru the system at third and short but both are at least a couple years away.
Detroit has a couple second basemen that are blocked now. Heran Perez and Devon Travis are very close to being ready for the big leagues.
The Brewers have very little that is close to the big show. Then again what are or would you get in Rickie Weeks.
I think top trade target is in Cleveland. Asdrubal Cabrera will be made available sometime this year. Next up would be Arizona. Owings or Didi will be on the block soon. Jake Lamb is progressing nicely at third as well. The Cubs are third on my list. Just not sure when any of this great looking infielders will be made available. They have the most talent of any team on this list. Simply put they can just wait till they get what they want. None are forcing the Cubs hand at this point. Mariners are a very interesting group. They have major talent at third and short. With Miller and Franklin competing for short and the other may hit the trade block or end up being the utility guy. Hard to figure out which direction this team will go. Seattle has been content to just let this group play out. The Twins have very good talent in the infield. I believe they will let this work itself out unless a major trade is completed for a top tier starter.