Although the priority for New York are the pitchers, it doesn’t hurt to scout the market for a hitter to help power an offense that has struggled to produce.
One of the doors that can knock is that of the Arizona Rattlesnakes, who are last in the West of the National League with a record of 26-66 and 32.5 games from the leaders of the San Francisco Giants.
Ketel Marte’s injuries have taken him away from the first line of interest and now eyes are turning to the Venezuelan Eduardo Escobar, This Tuesday he will be in his first All-Star Game in 11 seasons in the majors.
In favor of the veteran there are two things: his defensive versatility – he can cover third and second base and shortstop – and also his ability with the tree.
Escobar is hitting .254 / .301 / .483 and is in the top 5 in the National League with 20 homers 60 RBIs. Also, he hits both hands.
The 32-year-old makes $ 7.5 million in 2021, the last season in a three-year deal he signed in 2018. The team that takes him will have to pay him about $ 3.9 million left over from his contract year.
Arizona has many needs, and the Yankees can offer Miguel Andújar for him to take care of third base for Escobar and give them a choice between relievers like Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loáisiga and Chad Green.