Yankees on verge of losing out on Gio Urshela to higher-paying rivals
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Spring training looms, but veteran infielder Gio Urshela remains unsigned, sparking a bidding war among several interested teams.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports strong interest from the New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Miami Marlins. However, Yankees insider Bryan Hoch suggests the Mets and Yankees might be falling behind, with the Los Angeles Angels and Marlins potentially making more attractive offers.
Gio Urshela’s market remains hot
Gio Urshela’s 2023 season with the Angels was solid, with a .299 average and strong defense (.958 fielding percentage, primarily at third base). While his offensive output dipped (91 OPS+), his versatility remains a major asset. He seamlessly moves between third, first, and shortstop, providing valuable depth and insurance.
Although known for his defense, Gio Urshela has flashes of offensive potential. He might not reach his previous heights with the Yankees (.292 average, 41 home runs, 119 OPS+ from 2019-2021), but his 2022 stint with the Minnesota Twins (.281 average, 8 home runs, 98 OPS+) showed he can contribute at the plate.
For the Yankees, Gio Urshela could be valuable insurance for DJ LeMahieu at third and offer infield flexibility. The Mets might see him as insurance for young prospect Brett Baty at third. However, Urshela might be looking for more than just money – perhaps a clearer path to regular playing time – which could influence his final decision.
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