Wow what a collection we currently have for the infield. Questions galore.
What level will Mark Teixeira return too?
Can Brian Roberts be an everyday second basemen? Is he even close to being an All Star again?
Derek Jeter is he a full time shortstop or better suited for being a DH? Could he switch to third?
Free agent candidates:
Stephen Drew is the only choice, I would consider. Yet we give the Red Sox another top draft pick. Would he play third, shortstop or second. He is well established at short. How would changing positions effect him at the plate? What would the final cost be and at who's expense? Supposedly he is looking for a 4 yr to 5 yr contract in the range of 12 to 15 million a year.
Now as far as a backup to Teixeira, Kendrys Morales would be my choice. If we trade Brett Gardner then he is much easier to add. With A-Rod gone for the year his pop would be a welcome addition to the lineup. Keep in mind that with an aging line-up he becomes a problem fitting into the everyday lineup as just a DH in the future. That being said one looks at him as a short term option. Hard to give him more than 2 years. Yet this switch hitter is a proven commodity to produce.
I would start with Asdrubal Cabrera. He is in the last year of his contract. Cleveland has very good prospects coming in 2014 to play the middle infield for them. The Indians need to sign one of the top free agent pitchers left on the market. This plays into the Yankees hands. Why because they can send a lesser prospect and money to secure the deal. Asdrubal is in need of a change of scenery. Being a switch hitter he at least would be an platoon option at short, third or even second. This would also allow the Yankees a full season to evaluate if he should become their future shortstop.
The Cubs are an intriguing trade options. Starlin Castro maybe available. With Javier Baez pushing hard to crack the roster. They also have Mike Olt and Kris Bryant ready to man third. I would believe one or the other should be ready to man third in 2014. That makes one available. I would think it would take at least a top catching prospect and or a top pitching prospect of the Yankees to acquire one of these guys. Yet the option(s) should exist.
Gordon Beckham is on the trade block. The White Sox are trying to trade him or Alexei Ramirez. Gordon broke into the big leagues as a third basement. Then moved to second and now is being considered as a replacement at short for Chicago. This trade would mean a top catching prospect would be the corner stone of this trade.
Finally, Brandon Phillips is still available. His contract, media problems and declining offense makes one pause at acquiring him. Would the Reds include Homer Bailey in a trade? That sure would make it easier to swallow. His durability would be a major upgrade. He is a proven gold glover. With the dollar amount of his contract would the Reds pay down any of what is owed? They wanted Brett Gardner would they consider someone else? I like him but sure can see why one would look at other options.
When all is said and done, Brandon Phillips might just be the best option. Why? That would allow for the Bronx Bombers to potentially add Brandon Phillips, Homer Bailey and Kendrys Morales.
Oh my! What would Jonny Gomes think then????
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