New York Yankees Make a Mistake By Not Signing Omar Infante

By Thomas Butto
Omar Infante
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The New York Yankeesare officially in trouble with their situation at second base. It is time for them to get into desperation mode and start scrambling for a solution.

With Omar Infante agreeing to a four-year, $30 million contract with the Kansas City Royals on Friday, the Yankees now have a bona fide problem on their hands. The second base position is not as bad of a situation as the Yankees had last year at the catcher spot when they were trotting out either Chris Stewart, Austin Romine, Francisco Cervelli until he got suspended or, for a brief time, J.R. Murphy, but the Yankees are close to having a similar scenario.

It might be getting redundant at this point, but when looking at the depth chart for the Yankees, second base is their biggest weakness by a mile.

It has been reported the Yankees were reluctant to give Infante anything more than a three-year contract, which just does not make any sense. It’s shocking that out of all the times the Yankees could decide to not outbid other teams for a player and give him more years and more money, it comes at a time when they could have gotten a player in Infante who could have filled a huge hole on the roster.

Heck, the Yankees just gave an injury-prone Jacoby Ellsbury a seven-year, $153 million contract, Carlos Beltran a three-year contract–no other team wanted to give him more than two years–and Brian McCann a five-year contract, but decided to offer Infante a three-year contract instead of giving him the extra year he wanted.

By all accounts the Yankees overpaid for all three of the big-name free agents they signed this offseason, yet they let Infante go to the Royals. It is a puzzling line of thinking coming from the Yankees’ front office.

With a chance to bring Infante to the Bronx, a guy who was by far the best free agent second baseman not named Robinson Cano, the Yankees should have continued their overpaying trend. They overpaid McCann to dramatically improve at catcher, and they should have done the same thing to improve second base instead of having Kelly Johnson as their best option to run out onto the field as one half of their starting double play combination.

It’s starting to look like the Yankees will have to make due with the players they have now and hope for the best.

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