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February 27, 2014

Rumor Roundup

An Infield Fix for the Yankees?

by Daniel Rathman


Yankees could trade a catcher for an infielder or reliever
Yes, you read that correctly: The team that gave Chris Stewart 340 plate appearances behind the dish last year now has a surplus at the catcher position. According to George A. King III of the New York Post, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is considering parting with one of his homegrown backstops for depth at a shallower position.

The Yankees still lack a surefire starter at second base and third base, despite having signed Brian Roberts, Brendan Ryan, and Kelly Johnson and acquired 40-man-roster casualty Dean Anna from the Padres earlier this offseason. Derek Jeter’s health is a question mark entering his last big-league season, and Eduardo Nunez flopped badly when pressed into extended duty in 2013, coming in at 0.2 wins below replacement.

Likewise, in the bullpen, the Yankees have lost Mariano Rivera to retirement and Boone Logan to free agency, and their only significant addition was Matt Thornton, who is qualified to supplant the latter but not the former. Recent pickup Andrew Bailey won’t be available until midseason, and while the Yankees have a few non-roster invitees who could compete for big-league jobs, there is no direct replacement for David Robertson, who is sliding into the ninth-inning role vacated by Rivera. The Yankees have considered converting prospects like Manny Banuelos into relievers, at least in the short term, to fill the openings in manager Joe Girardi’s bullpen.

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