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The Yankees are in talks with the Rangers on a trade that would send outfielder Delino DeShields to the Bronx, reports SNY’s Andy Martino. Really goes to show Yankees GM Brian Cashman doesn’t trust his farm.
Yankees talking to Rangers about trade for outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., sources tell @TheAthletic. DeShields off to good start at Triple A with Texas – .412/.500/.706 in 40 plate appearances. Yankees OFers Hicks, Stanton, LaMarre on IL, Frazier dealing with stiff neck.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 21, 2021
As The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted last night, DeShields is off to a hot start in Triple A batting .412 in his 40 plate appearances. The 28-year-old outfielder would be solid candidate to help until Hicks, Stanton, and Clint Frazier return to the lineup. At this point, he might be an upgrade over Hicks.
I’ve written a few times that the Yankees needed to look upgrades rather than bridging for returns of a poorly performing players.
I should add that DeShields gives the Yankees some much needed athleticism. He can put the ball in play, which has proven to be a problem in New York, and he can play all over the field. He’s a watered down D.J. LeMahieu, and I actually like it.
Ownership and Brian Cashman manage reinforcements without eclipsing the tax threshold. That seems like the goal for the season, so we’ll see what else this staff has in order.
Expect this deal to get done, though.