Gio Urshela will be the Yankees’ shortstop for now

TAMPA, Fla. — On day one of Yankees spring training, Aaron Boone said his shortstop was Gio Urshela.

That could all change if a free agent is signed or traded in the coming days as the market has still not thawed from the lockout freeze, but as the roster stands now, the Yankees would fill the hole at shortstop internally .

“Gio,” Boone said Sunday when asked about his current shortstop — one of the biggest questions the team has faced all offseason. “Gleber [Torres] you have to get involved. Obviously we have some young people knocking on the door that we’re really looking forward to, [Oswald] Peraza and [Oswaldo] Cabrera who are here. We just let this situation shake off. I’m sure there are still things to do throughout the game and certainly with us that will potentially change that landscape along the way.”

Gio Urshela arrives for spring training at George M Steinbrenner Field.
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The two big free agent shortstops that are still in the market are Carlos Correa and Trevor Story. Given the big money and length of contract he’s likely to land, the Yankees are unlikely to go after Correa, especially with their own top shortstop prospects Anthony Volpe and Peraza not too far removed from the big leagues. Story could be a potential fit if he ends up making a shorter-term deal.

However, if the Yankees stayed with Urshela at shortstop, Boone said DJ LeMahieu would play the majority of his games at third base while still moving in the infield. Torres, who was moved from shortstop late last season after struggling at the position, could still see some time there but Boone said the Yankees are “pretty determined” to have him at second base.

Meanwhile, Boone left the rest to general manager Brian Cashman.

“I know that cash and the front office are obviously in overdrive right now and are just evaluating and having these conversations, whether they’re free agents, through trade markets,” he said. “I know they are working to find a place where our club may be improved.” Gio Urshela will be the Yankees’ shortstop for now


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