Monday, December 16, 2013

Just because the Yankees have been making any moves recently, it doesn't mean they aren't out there looking.

With Robinson Cano now in Seattle, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira coming off an injury filled 2013, and Alex Rodriguez likely to miss most or all of next season, the Yankees are looking for infield depth to assure themselves that they will be ready for Opening Day.

The team has already taken the steps to re-sign Brendan Ryan to help spell Jeter at short, and also signed Kelly Johnson as one of the candidates to to replace Cano, but there it still more to be done.

Omar Infante and Mark Ellis had been a pair of the Yankees' top candidate take over at second base, but they've both come off the board recently, as Infante signed with the Kansas City Royals, and Ellis with the St. Louis Cardinals.

As the options are starting to dwindle down, the Yankees have been keeping their eye on infielders such as Mark Reynolds, Brian Roberts and Michael Young.

The Yanks have been showing a good amount of interest in bringing back Reynolds, who the teams signed in August to play both corner infield positions and provide power from the right side of the plate. Bringing him back would give them a third baseman in case A-Rod is not in the lineup, and would also serve as a back up to Teixeira is his wrist causes problems more problems next season.

With Reynolds, he gives you a lot of strikeouts, but can also knock the ball out of the park when he does actually make contact. Basically your high-risk, high-reward player at the plate.

Reynolds has been drawing interest from a handful of clubs, and the Yanks could run into some competition in trying to re-sign him.

Young was a player that the Yankees tried trading for back at the trading deadline, but his team, the Philadelphia Phillies decided they didn't want to deal him, so he remained in Philly before being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August.

His bat isn't as great as it use to be, and he's not that great in the field, although he can play all around the diamond.

Then there's Roberts. An often injured player, he has played in more than 59 games just once since 2009 (he played in 77 games last season). As a switch hitter, he can hit lefties pretty well, and maybe signing him to platoon with Johnson at second base would be a reasonable option.


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