New York Yankees Rumors: Four potential options for shortstop following the injury to Didi Gregorius

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 8: Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees throws to first base for the out during Game 3 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Monday, October 8, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 8: Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees throws to first base for the out during Game 3 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Monday, October 8, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 09: Third baseman Eduardo Escobar #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks looks to throw to first base on a ground ball against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on September 9, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

The New York Yankees place a lot of value on versatile players with a high on-base percentage, and this player fits that description perfectly.

Eduardo Escobar will reach free agency ahead of his age 30 season.  During the 2018 season, he played 97 games for the Minnesota Twins and 54 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks following a midseason trade.

Throughout his 151 games played, he compiled 48 doubles (2B), 3 triples (3B), and 23 HRs.  This impressive XBH total helped him achieve a .489 slugging percentage (SLG).  As his on-base percentage (OBP) was an outstanding .334, he ended the season with a .824 OPS.

Escobar primarily plays third base, but he is also able to play shortstop, second base, and left field when needed.  Due to this, he could fill in for Gregorius at shortstop for the first half of the season, and shift to a super utility role (similar to Ben Zobrist) for the remainder of the season.

If the Yankees intend for the future of their infield to contain Andujar at third base, Torres at second base, and Gregorius at shortstop, Escobar may be the perfect piece for the team to add during the upcoming free agent signing period.  Escobar is a switch hitter, so he will be able to slot into any lineup at a variety of positions.

This could help the Yankees give lefties a rest against tough left-handed starters as well as help the team rest players like Judge, Stanton, Torres, and Andujar without losing an XBH threat at the plate.  Although Escobar will likely not be a cheap signing for the team, he will definitely be much cheaper than Machado and could create a lot of options for manager Aaron Boone when he is creating lineups.

If the Yankees decide to sign Escobar, the money saved by either choosing not to sign Machado or not being able to sign Machado could be used to go after a top-tier starting pitcher, such as Patrick Corbin.