NEW YORK — It doesn’t look like Greg Bird (left plantar facia tear) will be back any time soon. And even if Bird were still in the lineup, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman would be remiss if he wasn’t at least considering upgrades (yes, even with Luke Voit around) as the team deals with injury after injury after injury.
Here are three potential trade targets Cashman:
Justin Smoak, Blue Jays
2019 stats: .261 BA, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 14 G, 46 AB, .877 OPS
2818 stats: .242 BA, 25 HR, 77 RBI, 147 G, 505 AB, .808 OPS
Smoak, 32, brings switch-hitting power and a solid-enough glove at first base. He’s a better hitter from the left side and, hey, the Yankees are still pretty righty heavy, even with all the injuries. He’s owed just $8 million this season. And best of all for the Yankees: Smoak plays for the Blue Jays, who have already shown they’re not trying to win this year, trading both center fielder Kevin Pillar and DH Kendrys Morales.
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Todd Frazier, Mets
2019 stats: None
2018 stats: .213 BA, 18 HR, 59 RBI, 115 G, 427 AB, .693 OPS
Thumbs down time — again? Frazier was solid if unspectacular in his 66 games with the Yankees in 2017, though he definitely brought a fun dynamic to the clubhouse. But back to baseball: Frazier would give the Yankees coverage at first base and at third base, his primary position — have to think about if Miguel Andujar (torn right shoulder labrum) doesn’t come back this season. Frazier is a fine defender and he’s making $9 million in 2019. He’s a free agent in the offseason. He hasn’t played this year but is about to come off the injured list (strained oblique) and the Mets, with their crowded infield, would likely be happy to get rid of him to give playing time to younger talents.
Asdrubal Cabrera, Rangers
2019 stats: .216 BA, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 14 G, 56 AB, .817 OPS
2018 stats: .262 BA, 23 HR, 75 RBI, 147 G, 592 AB, .774 OPS
Cabrera, 33, has a long track record at the plate. The former shortstop has become a full-time third baseman and has also played second base. He would presumably be able to provide coverage at first base — if the Yankees don’t just push D.J. LeMahieu there. Cabrera is making just $3.5 million this year on a one-year deal.