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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) bunts in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

By Joe Giglio

As the Yankees get set to come home for a huge set with the second-place Red Sox, a stellar start to the 2017 season now comes with a new set of expectations: Full-season contention in the AL East.

If the Yankees are going to reprise big April and early May performance, reinforcements are likely needed at first base (.563 OPS, worst in MLB) and third base (.622 OPS, 28th in MLB).

Starting pitching could be a big need at some point, but the biggest issues lie in the infield corners right now. While Greg Bird’s health could reshape first base, the Yankees’ best bet at the hot corner could be 20-year-old Gleyber Torres and his move to a new position.

Unless, of course, general manager Brian Cashman lands a veteran to replace the unproductive Chase Headley (3 HR, .648 OPS).

According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Yankees are indeed shopping for that player.

They’ve basically played at a high level all season. They’ve combined young talent with effective seasons from the veterans. The pitching staff — both starters and relievers — has been impressive. As Orioles manager Buck Showalter pointed out, “They’re for real. They really have gotten great work out of their starting pitchers. Aaron Judge is for real. That’s a good baseball team and I’m sure they’ll add to it if they need to.”

The Yankees are shopping for a third baseman, according to major league sources.

Frazier to Yanks?

Frazier to Yanks?

If the White Sox hold a fire sale, the ex-Rutgers star and Toms River Little League hero could be a Yankees target.

Among teams looking like potential sellers, Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas (.805 OPS, free agent after ’17), Chicago White Sox’s Todd Frazier (.702 OPS, free agent after ’17) and Pittsburgh’s David Freese (.772 OPS, signed through ’18) could be interesting options for the Yankees to consider.

 

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