By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Nee York Yankees are interested in signing free agent star Bryce Harper. No, it would not to be an outfielder.
Instead, it would be to play first base. They have had internal discussions about this move, according to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.
The Yankees outfield is already filled. Their regular outfield lineup is Brett Gardner in left field, Aaron Hicks in center field, and Aaron Judge in right field.
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the team’s designated hitter, who plays sparingly in the field. The team also has Clint Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury as outfielders on their roster.
Gardner appeared in 140 games, mostly as the left fielder. He had a .236 batting average with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 530 at-bats.
Hicks appeared in 137 games, mostly as the center fielder. He had a .248 batting average with 27 home runs and 79 RBIs in 581 at-bats.
Judge has appeared in 112 games, mostly as the right fielder. He had a .278 batting average with 27 home runs and 67 RBIs in 413 at-bats.
Stanton appeared in 158 games, mostly as the DH. He had a .266 batting average with 38 home runs and 100 RBIs in 617 at-bats.
Luke Voit was the Yankees first baseman to end the season. The 27-year-old appeared in 39 games with the team. He had a .333 batting average with 14 home runs and 33 RBIs in 132 at-bats.
Greg Bird was the team’s first baseman before losing the job to Voit. He had a .199 batting average with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs in 82 games.
Harper played one game at first base this past season. He also played 156 games in the outfield and one game as the designated hitter.
When he played first base this past season, it was the first-time in his career that he had played the position.
The former Washington Nationals player reportedly turned down a 10-year deal on the final day of the regular season. The Nationals were willing to pay him $300 million before he turned it down.
In his final season in Washington, D.C., Harper had a .249 batting average. He also had 34 home runs and a 100 RBIs in 159 games.
In his seven-year career in Washington, D.C., Harper appeared in 927 games. He also had a .279 batting average with 184 home runs and 521 RBIs in 3,306 at-bats.