The Yankees have proven curiosity in buying and selling for Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., in keeping with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). DeShields signed a minor league contract with Texas in the course of the offseason, and has but to see any Main League motion in 2021.
Contemplating the Yankees’ harm woes within the outfield, DeShields would probably have a a lot simpler path to massive league taking part in time within the Bronx than he’ll in Arlington. Aaron Hicks and Ryan LaMarre (himself an offseason minors signing for New York) are each on the injured checklist, whereas Rosenthal notes that Clint Frazier is coping with a sore neck. Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t performed within the outfield since 2019, however he’s additionally on the IL if the Yankees had been contemplating him as an emergency possibility, leaving the crew with Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Miguel Andujar, and the struggling Frazier as their high choices for outfield responsibility.
Greg Allen and Socrates Brito can be found at Triple-A, however the Yankees may favor a little bit of remaining upside within the 28-year-old DeShields. Whereas DeShields has hit solely .246/.326/.340 over 2056 profession PA within the majors, he does provide plus baserunning and a strong outfield glove able to above-average protection in middle area.
It’s secure to imagine the Yankees wouldn’t must give up a lot in the event that they did commerce for DeShields, who returned to Texas after being non-tendered by the Indians in December. The Rangers despatched DeShields to Cleveland as a part of the Corey Kluber commerce in December 2019, however DeShields fared poorly in his lone season with the Tribe, first testing constructive for COVID-19 in July after which hitting a modest .252/.310/318 in 120 plate appearances.