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This Infielder Would Make the Perfect Yankee

By Derek McAdam

November 12, 2021

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The New York Yankees are looking to upgrade at several positions in the field, including shortstop, centerfield and first base. Not only has a new player hit the trade block, but he is the perfect fit for the Yankees.

Matt Olson is the newest first baseman to hit the trade block after rumors emerged of the Oakland A’s trying to have a $50 million salary cap for next season. Other key players that may be traded are Matt Chapman, Chris Bassitt and Frankie Montas.

Not only would Olson bring a left-handed bat to the Yankee lineup that is ideal for Yankee Stadium, but he has also slugged 142 home runs since coming into the league in late 2016, including 38 in 2021. He can benefit from the short porch in right field.

Another key aspect is that Olson is an above-average defender at first base. He is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner and ranked third in putouts amongst all first basemen last season. Luke Voit is simply not the answer at first base in terms of defense, which the Yankees were able to establish after trading for Anthony Rizzo last season.

If the Yankees decide that Rizzo would cost too much to re-sign, they could make a trade for Olson and have a Gold Glove winner at first base for the next two seasons.

Speaking of the next two seasons, Olson has two years of arbitration remaining and will not become a free agent until after the 2023 season. If the Yankees can get two solid seasons out of Olson, which would be an expectation, they would gladly take it.

There are a couple of problems with obtaining Olson. First, what would the Yankees have to give up to acquire him? There is a good chance that a couple of high-ranked prospects would be sent to the A’s, so the Yankees would have to be willing to let go of them.

Second, how does the rest of the infield work out? If Gleyber Torres is at second base, where does D.J. LeMahieu go? Chances are if the Yankees traded for Olson, another trade would be made so LeMahieu could play every day. That could mean that Torres may be the odd man out.

Although these are potential problems the Yankees may run into, it should not stop them from acquiring Olson. There is no question that he is a great fit for the Yankee team and can help them get to a World Series.

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