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On which side of Bay Bridge might Yankees look to solve 1B crisis?

Oakland A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso is having a breakout season, on pace for 46 home runs this year despite never hitting more than nine in a major-league campaign.
Oakland A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso is having a breakout season, on pace for 46 home runs this year despite never hitting more than nine in a major-league campaign. AP

How good a season is Oakland Athletics Yonder Alonso having?

Good enough to draw interest from the visiting New York Yankees.

The Bronx Bombers, shifting from their long-held strategy of buying up the best talent on the free-agent market, have focused on youth and homegrown talent in recent years.

It’s paid off, with youngsters Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez taking the Big Apple by storm the past two seasons.

But the Yanks have run into injury problems lately and it appears 24-year-old first baseman Greg Bird, who injured his ankle in spring training and was scheduled to rejoin the team perhaps in Oakland, has suffered a setback.

If New York wants to keep this feel-good season rolling, it needs more production out of the first base position. According to the New York post, the Yankees may have an interest in the 30-year-old Alonso, who is having a breakout season with 17 home runs, 37 RBIs and an impressive .306/.398/.645 slash line.

However, according to foxsports.com, Alonso is interested in signing a long-term deal with the Athletics.

Brian Murphy of the McCovey Chronics thinks Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is the most logical choice for the Yanks.

According to Murphy: (New York) makes the most sense. Short porch. Short porch. Short porch. Short porch. Chris Carter and Rob Refsnyder(!) are the current first basemen on the depth chart while Greg Bird continues the shuttle from bench to disabled list. Short porch. The Giants could keep most or all of Belt’s salary for this season so the Yankees stay under the cap, and with the Yankees’ almost ~$100 million in salary coming of the books for 2018, Belt’s $8.4 million jump in salary for ages 30-33 will not push them to the luxury tax limit and they get a reliable player who can brutalize that sweet, sweet short porch.

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