Much was made of Cashman's comment that Volpe could not come up because there was no clear lane for him to regular playing time. Maybe it was Peraza, but then Peraza got called up, and has played every now and again. I was on Twitter or Facebook and someone was saying the Yankees, this offseason, have to sign Trea Turner, regardless of positional overlap, and just figure it out. I noted that not worrying about positional overlap is how they wound up with Giancarlo Stanton signed through 2027, and why Judge might leave the Yankees this offseason. I was told that it was different, because Stanton was an outfielder, and Turner, Peraza and Cabrera play infield and outfield. I said there really aren't at bats for Turner unless they radically restructure the team and make a lot of trades.
Just to make this clear, in the infield the Yankees are currently committed to the following players for the noted number of years:
- Josh Donaldson - 1 year at $21M plus an option for 2024 that will cost $8M to decline or $16M to retain.
- Anthony Rizzo - 1 year at $16M, which he can opt out of. He won't because his value this year has been tied to Yankee Stadium, and he's been injured, so it's unlikely that he'll get a longer or larger deal to play elsewhere.
- DJ LeMaheiu - 4 years at $15M. He's 34 now. .He'll be 38-39 on the other end of that contract, and has limited no trade protection (5 team block) in 2023, and 10-5 rights to block all trades from 2024 on.
- Gleyber Torres - 1 more year of team control, last shot at Arb.
- IKF - 2 years of team control, two more shots at Arb.
- Oswaldo Cabrera - 5 more years
- Oswald Peraza - 5 more years
- Anthony Volpe - 5 more years if he breaks camp with the Yankees.
- Stanton - 5 years, plus a team option that will pay him $10m to go away.
- Hicks - 3 years plus a cheap option to buy out from for the 4th year.
- Bader - 1 year, $5.2 mil (with bonuses for PAs/Starts).