The Yankees are in the market for one of the big-name free agent shortstops this winter, such as Carlos Correa or Trevor Story, so some space in their infield will likely need to be opened up. DJ Lemahieu, Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela, and Rougned Odor all spent significant time at the non-first base infield positions this season, so with a star shortstop potentially joining the fray, a logjam would be inevitable.
Gio Urshela has long been an underrated asset in the Yankees’ lineup, and at age 30 with 2 years of club control remaining, he could be a valuable addition in Seattle. His most natural position is third base, but he does have the defensive versatility to move around the infield, which is a feature that Mariners management values.
After trading several solid prospects for Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo at the trade deadline this year, the Yankees now have the 19th ranked farm system in baseball. I expect they would jump at the opportunity to trade a veteran infielder for minor league assets this offseason.
The Yankees already have familiarity with Juan Then, a hard-throwing right-handed pitching prospect, who was in New York’s system from 2017-2019 before being traded (back) to Seattle. New York loves their flame-throwing relievers, so Then could serve as an eventual addition to an already stout bullpen, while immediately sliding into the Yankees’ Top-10 prospects.