New York Yankees have been moving the worth of Isiah Kiner Falefa around the infield and center field to expand his values. They are not considering the utility roles for IKF since DJ LeMahieu and Oswaldo Cabrera have occupied it.
Instead, the Yankees are trying to boost his stock via trade and releasing the 6 million dollars that are due to him for the 2023 season. The reason behind this decision could be they don’t have a wide market as they have previously expected for the veteran infielder. The Los Angeles Dodgers are not interested in him and only a handful of teams are searching for infielders.
According to the sources the Dodgers are going in a different direction because most teams see IKF as a stopgap for never recording a wRC and scoring above 93 in his career. He has recorded only a 13.6% margin last season without generating a great amount of contact. His base rate is still 31.4% and his batting average is 261.
IKF also struggled in fielding routine ground balls which have given the Yankees to consider Oswald Pereza in 2023. Currently, Anthony Volpe is also making a strong push for the spot.
This season IKF has scored .240 with a .310 OBP, six hits, and one HR over 25 at-bats. But the general manager Brian Cashman of Yankees is looking for better opportunities in the market to invest $6 million from IFK’s contract.