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January 14, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Third Base Buzz

by Daniel Rathman


Yankees chatting with Padres in search of infield depth
General managers Brian Cashman and Josh Byrnes have already combined for one trade this offseason: a November swap that sent minor-league reliever Ben Paullus to San Diego for minor-league infielder Dean Anna, who was deemed expendable when the Padres faced a 40-man roster crunch.

Now, Cashman has bigger things on his mind. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reported on Monday night that the Yankees would like to obtain a major-league infielder from the Padres, and they might have their sights set on Logan Forsythe.

Morosi pointed out in a subsequent tweet that the Yankees lack the prospect firepower to pry Chase Headley away, but Byrnes has other chips that he might be more willing to deal. Forsythe is blocked by Jedd Gyorko at the keystone and by Headley at the hot corner, the two positions he played most often in the minors. If the Padres were to deal the 27-year-old, they could make do with Alexi Amarista as their primary middle-infield reserve. Former 10th-overall pick Cory Spangenberg, a Factor on the Farm in Jason Parkslist of the team’s top prospects, is another candidate to see backup duty at some point this season.

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