Second base was a problem position for the Yankees this past season. They struggled to find production early from Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan, seemingly waited too long to jettison Drew in favor of better options, and didn’t get much consistent positive value from the position until very late in the year when Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder got hot and took over as the new platoon. According to Jon Heyman’s latest report, that late season SSS boost may have influenced the Yankees’ plans for next season.
In Heyman’s most recent “Inside Baseball” piece for CBS, he reported that the Yankees are “leaning toward going with Refsnyder and Ackley next year”, which was something that drew a lot of conversation late in the regular season when they were both hitting. On the surface, this looks like an easy decision to make for a team not looking to add payroll. Ackley hit .288/.333/.654 in his 57 Yankee plate appearances and he’s a former top prospect with lefty power potential. … Click here to read the rest