The Rangers have a glut of infield depth which could push the club to make shortstop Elvis Andrus available in a trade. Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio reports that GM Jon Daniels will listen to trade offers for Andrus. Daniels added that the club’s starting pitching, catcher, and left field/DH needs would be solved best via trade than through free agency.
Andrus, 26, wasn’t very productive this past season, hitting .263/.314/.333. While he was able to steal 27 bases, he was also thrown out a league-leading 15 times for an unimpressive 64 percent success rate. The shortstop is signed through 2022 after signing an eight-year, $120 million contract extension in April 2013.
Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.
Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.
In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.