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Yankees Second Base Job Down To Tyler Wade, Gleyber Torres

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The race is heating up for the New York Yankees 2nd baseman gig as it apparently is set to go down to the wire.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is keeping his cards close to his chest in terms of what he is thinking of the 2nd base battle between Tyler Wade and Gleyber Torres.

Could the battle come down to the last minute of spring training?

“Possibly,” Boone said on Friday, according to NJ.com.

“We have good options and guys are making it so it is a decision. Guys are playing well and continuing to keep themselves in that conversation.

“It’s fluid, though. It could be something that comes down to the end. It could be something that we name earlier. It just kind of depends. All the guys kind of vying for it are still guys that we want to see and on some level, very excited about.”

While Wade and Torres are the big names in the mix, it appears it is not just a 2-man race as Danny Espinosa is made a couple of starts at 2nd. Wade and Torres have made at least 5 starts a piece.

Jace Peterson and Ronald Torreyes haven’t received the playing time at 2nd to truly factor in.

Wade may have the edge due to his lefty bat fitting into a righty dominant lineup and he is also hitting above .300 this spring.

Torres and Espinosa have both struggled at the plate, but Torres is touted as the 2nd baseman of the future and the Yankees have invested a lot in that notion, so that could help push Torres in the end.

 

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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Red Sox Dustin Pedroia Attempting Return in 2020

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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has reportedly given “every indication” that he intends to play in 2020 says new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, according to MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith.

Pedroia, 36, underwent a mid-season knee procedure that had many questioning his career.

“Every indication I’ve gotten is he’s feeling good and intending on playing,” Bloom says of Pedroia. “I know he’s working really hard to make sure he’s in as good of shape as possible,” Bloom said.

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