Former Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas may yet have an opportunity to land with a contending team, though a marriage with the New York Yankees appears unlikely.
The Yankees remain intrigued with Moustakas and have had recent contact with his representatives, according to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Yet a deal remains unexpected as the club attempts to remain under the luxury-tax threshold this offseason.
As the market for Moustakas’ services has cratered this offseason, the Yankees have remained positioned as a natural fit, especially on a one-year or short-term deal. The team, however, has seemingly expressed minimal interest, with top prospect Miguel Andujar close to the major leagues and expected to take over at third base in the near future.
In his report, Heyman said the Yankees remained a “long shot” to sign Moustakas, citing anonymous sources close to the team.
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Moustakas, 29, would be well-suited to put up big numbers at Yankee Stadium. A left-handed hitter, he hit a career-high 38 homers last season while playing half his games at Kauffman Stadium. Yankee Stadium features one of the game’s shortest porches in right field. It’s possible to imagine Moustakas surpassing 40 or 45 homers in New York.
For now, though, Moustakas is still unemployed and his market is uncertain. Most of the big-market clubs in need of a third baseman have filled those holes via trades and other free agents. His former club, the Royals, remain fixated on first baseman Eric Hosmer and less keen on investing money at third base.
“Based on the picture that we have right now, we’re prepared to go with Cheslor Cuthbert,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said earlier this month. “Hunter Dozier is a possibility at third base. That’s the main competition there.
“Cheslor is not the caliber player that Mike is at this particular time. But we feel like it’s important to give him an opportunity to prove himself.”