Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Yankees are closing in on a minor-league deal with infielder Scott Sizemore, reports Ken Davidoff of the NY Post. He'll likely be competing for the third base job in Spring Training.

Sizemore has spent the past couple of seasons with the Oakland Athletics, but hasn't spent regular time in the big leagues since 2011 when he played 93 games as their third baseman, hitting .249 in those games.

He missed nearly all of the last two seasons with Oakland due to left knee injuries, tearing the ACL in his left knee in February 2012, shelving him for the year, and then again in April 2013 in just his second game of the season.

After Alex Rodriguez suspension announcement Saturday, the Yankees are now in need of a third baseman, though Sizemore isn't a great option. Right now, Kelly Johnson figures to be the third baseman on Opening Day.

There has been interest in Mark Reynolds, however, Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reported Saturday night that the Yankees have only offered him a minor-league deal, which he won't accept, making a re-signing with him unlikely.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Sunday afternoon that the Yankees likely won't be signing anymore infielders to major-league contracts, pretty much eliminating Michael Young and Stephen Drew.

Besides third base, Sizemore can also play at second base, making him slightly versatile, just like every other infielder on the roster, seemingly.


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