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Pinstriped glory, the greatest moments in Yankee history part four: The ’98 Yankees’ magnificent season

There are a few things about the Yankees that I’m very stubborn about, things that no matter how hard you debate with me I’ll just never change my mind on. For instance, Joe DiMaggio is the greatest baseball player the world has ever seen, if I ever have a son, I want him to grow up to be the man Lou Gehrig was, and the 1927 team is the greatest that baseball will ever see. However, while I am of the mindset the ’27 team is the greatest, there will never be a season more impressive than 1998. The team won 114 games in the regular season while losing only 48. They won the AL East by a mind boggling 22 games and went 11-2 in the playoffs sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series for the club’s 24th overall championship. Their win total regular season and postseason combined was 125 which is still a major league record to this day.

Yankees showing interested in Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed

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With Didi Gregorius set to miss the first month of the Yankees season with a shoulder injury, the Yankees starting shortstop on Opening Day is suddenly open for competition. While it has been reported that the Yankees are going consider internal options first, it also makes sense that Brian Cashman would look at the availability of shortstops on the trade market. As Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports, the Yankees have recently shown interest in defensive stud Nick Ahmed.

Although the Yankees have several internal options such as Ronald Torreyes, Ruben Tejada, Pete Kozma, Donovan Solano, Tyler Wade, and even Starlin Castro if he can switch back to shortstop opening a spot at second base for Rob Refsnyder for a month, the Yankees interest in Ahmed is logical.

Ahmed hit just .218 in 2016 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 90 games. With unimpressive numbers, the Yankees could likely get Ahmed at a cheap price on the trade market. The Yankees join the Rays, Cardinals, and Padres in their interest for Ahmed, with all of these teams having a need for a middle infielder as they have fewer internal options.

While Arizona is looking to trade Ahmed due to their surplus of middle infielders in Daniel Descalso, Ketel Marte, Chris Owings, and Brandon Drury, I’d be willing to bet that such a trade to the Yankees is unlikely, but this latest rumor is an interesting thought.

Article by: Chad Raines