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Yankees rumors: Chavez, Reynolds, & Youkilis drawing interest for third base


One of the Yankees' biggest targets going into the Winter Meetings is someone who can play third base. Brian Cashman has stated that he's more likely to make a trade than sign a free agent at this point, but so far nothing has come together.

If the Yankees want to make a trade, they're going to have to be willing to give up some of their most valuable assets. They don't seem to be actively shopping Brett Gardner, but they would be open to dealing him if the right trade came along. Cashman has also gotten calls about J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Ivan Nova and others, so the team seems to have a lot that other teams could be interested in.

As a matter of due diligence, the GM has reached out to several ex-Yankees in hopes of covering all angles when trying to fill in the empty positions. The organization remains interested in Eric Chavez, however six other teams have also expressed interest and the Yankees are unlikely to compete for someone who is so injury prone.

They have talked to Mark Reynolds about the possibility of a return, though it doesn't seem like anything is imminent. The power-hitting third baseman has previously expressed the desire to return, but the Yankees are likely to remain on the lookout before they eventually settle.

Brian Cashman has also called Kevin Youkilis' agent about whether or not his client has any interest in playing for the Yankees again. Youkilis, however, reportedly prefers to play somewhere near his home in California.