Although a lot of us would not complain if the Yankees signed a certain other one, the Yankees have a lot of infielders on the 40-man roster.
If we count Didi Gregorius, who will start the season on the injured list, the Yankees have nine infielders with major league experience at spring training. They range from young (Gleyber Torres) to old (Troy Tulowitzki) and successful (Miguel Andujar) to, uh, not (Gio Urshela).
As you are probably aware nine is the perfect number of baseball players in the field. That allows us to pose this question: what if you made an entire team out of Yankees’ infielders?
Pitcher: Troy Tulowitzki
Pitchers are generally pretty tall. Tulowitzki is 6-3. His most recent injuries haven’t really been arm related, so maybe he can hack it there, at least for a little bit.
Catcher: Greg Bird
He has not played an inning there since 2012, but Bird did play catcher a bit in his first season in the Yankees’ organization. He only allowed one passed ball in 27 innings, so the people who get mad at Gary Sanchez’s defense will love that.
First Base: Luke Voit
The big, beefy boy will remain at his normal position. Really, what else are you supposed to do with this?
Second Base: Gleyber Torres
Gleyber can stay at his normal position for this.
Shortstop: Didi Gregorius
We’ll also keep the current Yankees shortstop in his actual spot, just as the team will likely do once he returns from injury.
Third Base: Gio Urshela
Urshela is by far the least known and least likely person to play for the Yankees in 2019. The former Indian and Blue Jay had a .608 OPS in 19 games for Toronto last year. Considering that we can make an entire team out of infielders, if he has to play for New York this season, something probably has gone seriously wrong.
Left Field: DJ LeMahieu
Since he was signed in part to be somewhat of a “super utility” player for the Yankees, let’s test that. To left field you go, DJ.
Center Field: Tyler Wade
Wade came up through the Yankees’ system as a infielder, but in recent years, he’s gotten some time in the outfield. Most of his outfield innings have come in left, but he’s played plenty in center as well. He certainly has the speed and athleticism to handle it.
Right Field: Miguel Andujar
Some may defend the defensive stylings of Andujar at third, but I think even they can agree that there are people that can play the spot better on the roster. Between the short porch and Wade in center, we’ll assume he can handle right field for this exercise.
Yes, there are literally enough major league infielders in the organization to make an entire team of them. However, if the Yankees want to sign Manny Machado, we can make one of them the designated hitter.