Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The fall-out of the Alex Rodriguez has had a few impacts so far on the Yankees, as they continue building their club for the upcoming season. Not only does the freed up cap space give them more payroll flexibility, but it also leaves them needing a third baseman.

Kelly Johnson figures to be the team's opening Day starter at the hot corner if they don't add anyone else. But as Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com reported Monday night, the Yankees have made trade inquires with the San Diego Padres about their infield depth, naming Logan Forsythe, specifically.

Morosi notes that while the Yankees' farm system isn't strong enough to trade for a player like Chase Headley -- no surprise there -- they could possibly acquire a versatile utility player like Forsythe to be a right-handed compliment to Johnson at third base.

Forsythe has been with the Padres since he debuted with them in 2011, and is a career .241 hitter with a .310 on-base percentage in 228 big league games. His best Major League season was 2013 when he hit .273 with a .343 OBP in 91 games.

As I mentioned, he's a very versatile player that has seen time at second, third, shortstop and the outfield in his career, but has played most of his games at second base.

Morosi's colleague, Ken Rosenthal, reported a couple days ago that the Yankees, after signing Scott Sizemore on a minor-league deal, are unlikely to add anymore players on a major league contract, eliminating Stephen Drew and Michael Young. The Yankees have been interested in re-signing Mark Reynolds, but they have only offered him a minor league contract, and he's looking for a major league deal.


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