The Yankees are reportedly interested in Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and moving him across the diamond to play first base in the Bronx.
The New York Yankees have seemingly had trouble all season trying to receive some offensive production from first base. Since returning from injury, Greg Bird has been ice cold and it looks like the Yankees might be looking for some outside help.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, New York is one of the multiple teams interested in Moustakas and moving him across the diamond to be their everyday first baseman. He could be the powerful left-handed bat that the Yankees are craving to have in the middle of their order.
Through 82 games this season, Moustakas is slashing .258/.312/.472 with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs. He also has some valuable postseason and World Series experience from his time with the Royals in 2014 and 2015.
The main reason the Yankees could be after Moustakas is because of his team-friendly contract, only being owed $6 million this season and becoming a free agent once again at season’s end. It is possible that if a deal for Moustakas is done, Greg Bird could be used as trade-bait to acquire a top of the rotation starter.
With New York out on the market for a new first baseman, it really should leave fans curious if the organization still has faith in Greg Bird to live up to the potential everyone thought he would be able to live up to.
We are less than a month away from the July 31 trade deadline so we will find out if the Yankees interest in Moustakas grows any larger before then and a possible deal gets done.