Jul
31

Sherman: Yanks still looking for an utility infielder

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With their designated hitter and fourth outfielder issues solved, the Yankees are still on the hunt for a backup infielder according to Joel Sherman. They’re obviously looking for a guy that could handle shortstop and third base without a problem, plus someone who could outhit Ramiro Pena. That last part won’t be so difficult, Pena’s got a .223 wOBA this season.

The trade deadline is just over two hours away (4pm ET), but remember that deals can still go down in August after some waiver shenanigans.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline

42 Comments»

  1. j says:

    hopefully the Yanks can still nab Jeff Keppinger…

    • Guy says:

      He’s probably the best option. Very versatile and a solid bat.

    • jmas12 says:

      With Berkman and Kearns already on board, I’m worried the Yanks may load the bench with too much age and power potential over defense and speed. Yes, Pena’s bat is pretty rough, and by no means is he lightening on the bases. But he is a defensive wiz who can play 3 infield positions, some outfield (if absolutely needed), can handle the bat well enough to move guys into scoring position…

      You figure by adding Berkman and Kearns we’re going to send down Miranda and Curtis, just because I don’t think they’d cut ties with Thames. That would leave us with a lot of righties on the bench, which could work since we’d be loaded on lefties and switch hitters in the lineup. But I would think you’d want at least one potential lefty on the bench, even if it is Pena in a switch-hitting role. Obviously Curtis would be preferable, but I have a hard time believing they’d cut Thames loose.

  2. Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN says:

    what names are you thinking of?

  3. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Eduardo Nunez?

  4. Brooklyn Ed says:

    like I mentioned before:

    I think Cashman should inquire about Joe Inglett as a potential bench piece. With limited playing time, he still bat for average with a .355 OBP. He could basically play every position besides catch. He could be a major upgrade of Pena offensively.

    Or, there’s Kelly Johnson.

    • mikebk says:

      neither of which can play SS.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I’d be down for Inglett. The .355 OBP isn’t a fluke either, his career mark is .350.

      • Brooklyn Ed says:

        most definitely…when he played 105 games with the Jays 2 years ago, he maintained a .395 OBP. that’s awesome!!!

        • Scooter says:

          That would be great – but I’ll take the career average OBP happily – along with the versatility to play OF and IF

          Two other alternatives:
          Willie Bloomquist (righty bat; no power, poor OBP)
          Mike Fontenot (lefty bat poor against lefties, but has pop)

          Inglett would be the clear winner

  5. j_Yankees says:

    Anything not named Ramiro Pena will do just fine.

  6. Cecala says:

    Do the Pirates have a decent utility guy?

  7. Guy says:

    Mike Aviles from Kansas City?

  8. mikebk says:

    bring back alberto gonzalez.

  9. UnNamed Yankee Souce says:

    How about Stephen Drew, Augie Ojeda or T. Abreu from Arizona?

    Maybe Drew for McAllister?

  10. Abbott's Arm says:

    Mentioned this in off-topic:

    Good idea or bad idea:

    Yanks swing a trade for Miguel Cairo…

    He can play all over the infield – 9 games at 1B, 1 game at 2B, 26 games at 3B (I assume he can play shortstop)

    He been hitting decently –
    .300 AVG – and these numbers come in only 130 ABs
    3 HR
    17 RBIs
    .370 OBP
    .423 SLG

    I’m sure there is some other backup infielder that the Yankees could find if they needed bench help but Cairo can’t hurt….and he’s an upgrade over Pena

  11. dc1874 says:

    melvin mora..for free…

  12. UnNamed Yankee Souce says:

    Jamey Carroll?

  13. UnNamed Yankee Souce says:

    FINALLY! Kerry Wood a Yankee! Maybe we can give the Indians CHoP!

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-wood.html

  14. Jobamania aka EvoLuTioN says:

    Mariners Approached Braves About Figgins
    By Tim Dierkes [July 31 at 2:35pm CST]

    2:35pm: The Mariners approached the Braves about taking Chone Figgins off their hands, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick adds that the Braves are also making a late bid for a reliever.

    Have we found our new utility guy? :D

    hahahaha just kidding

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