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Readers' Thread: First Base

June 2, 2024

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Here's a question that should generate some good discussion...


A lot has been written about how Anthony Rizzo is in the decline phase of his career. His production has taken a turn for the worse.


How should the Yankees address first base going forward? Should there be a platoon? Should they stay with Rizzo full time? Should the Yankees made a trade, and if so, for who?

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etbkarate
03 Ιουν

One reason why paying 1 player $50MM per is not a good idea, is that next season this team will most likely need a first baseman, third baseman, (maybe a second baseman) their ace has on opt out, the closer is a free agent, and the left fielder is a free agent. If Mr. Soto was reasonable, it might work out. But, as we saw already in DC, he and his agent are not going to be reasonable. Sorry, but it is, what it is! I've said 100 times already, he is a 1 year rental.

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roseate_puffs0g
02 Ιουν

No real long term option in the minors for third base. Would look to trade for a solid or better major league third baseman with multiple years of control if one becomes available. Ryan McMahon, Isaac Paredes, Ke’Bryan Hayes. Not superstars but would help lengthen lineup. Prospect price would hurt, but could deal from positions of organizational strength.


Put DJLM at first for this season against lefties, have him super sub at 2nd and 3rd, play Rizzo as much as he deserves against righties. For next year and beyond, can see what Ramirez or Rice can do. Do not pick up Rizzo’s option.

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roseate_puffs0g
02 Ιουν
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Because nothing in the way that the Yankees have handled Peraza convinces me that their evaluators think that he is a major league contributor.

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jjw49
02 Ιουν

The Yankees will roll with Rizzo up to trade deadline and if nothing changes they will look internally I don't think they know which direction to go but if nothing is worthwhile by trade deadline they will continue on with Rizzo.

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fuster
02 Ιουν

let us begin by noting that Rizzo's present level of play is, barely, adequate.


the team can use improvement at the position, but, the team has the luxury of time to deliberate.

as well, the team has the luxury of a good back-up 1B already on hand.

with both Rizzo and LeMahieu, with the offensive production of the team and the fat and happy W-L record, there is no reason for frenzy.


they can afford to deliberate and evaluate whether they are better served by internal options for first base, (and the Yankees have several down on the farm, as well as a large candidate in the outfield)

that might allow them to concentrate on the acquisition of a 3B

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fuster
02 Ιουν
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I am an admirer of Peraza and would expect him to provide more than the .539 OPS from him in 2023


but he's a middle (SS) infielder, not a 3B.


I would hope that Cashman persistently tries to acquire a 3B from Pittsburgh


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Alan B.
Alan B.
02 Ιουν

DJ has to become a true utility guy at 1B/2B/3B. Less Rizzo may be a better Rizzo.

T.J. Rumfield is a lefty bat, good glove in AAA, hitting .285 (that's with him in a slump).

Augustin Ramirez is playing a lot of 1B, with Ben Rice doing more of the catching, but they both are splitting C/1B in AA. Both are tied for the league lead in HRs with 12. With Luis Torrens off to the Mets, which one gets moved up to AAA?


There is roughly 8 weeks till the trade deadline, self scouting the kids, trying to work with Rizzo, then if it hasn't improved, look who could be available via trade. Problem is, I do not believe…

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