In pursuit if shoring up the current corner infield debacle, the Yankees are looking at a number of different possibilities.
As EJ discussed on Friday, Chase Headley is a good fit for the current and future landscape of the organization, but he won’t come cheap. Although it was rumored that Headley was available on Thursday, those reports were shot down the following day by the Padres’ GM. Now it appears that the Yankees have inquired about Headley. Take all three reports with a grain of salt, but if the Yankees are indeed inquiring, it shows that they recognize the need for another impact bat.
In the same piece, Nick Cafardo discusses the Phillies’ John Mayberry as an option for the Yankees. The former first round pick has experience in both the outfield and first base. Over 848 major league plate appearances, he’s posted a .760 OPS and a 105 wRC+. As a right handed hitter, who can play two positions of need, he would solve a number of problems, but the Phillies don’t seem eager to trade outfielders.
Finally, the Yankees are going to give Ronnier Mustelier a try at third base during Spring Training. Mustelier has primarily played outfield in the minor leagues, but was a third baseman in Cuba. As a Yankee, Mustelier has looked unimpressive at third base, posting a .941 fielding percentage in 26 games. His bat might be worth taking the hit on defense, but he’ll have to prove it over the next few weeks.