Poll: The Starting Third Baseman

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With Mark Reynolds joining the Indians, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Kevin Youkilis will sign with the Yankees to replace the injured Alex Rodriguez next season. The team offered the long-time Red Sox a one-year, $12M contract at the Winter Meetings last week and are still waiting for his answer, but the Reynolds signing figures to take the Terry Francona-led Indians off the board. Obviously it’s not a guarantee Youkilis with sign with New York, but right now things are pointing in that direction.

Just like the catcher position, the Yankees do not have a suitable in-house replacement at the hot corner. Unlike the catcher position, the Yankees are actively looking to acquire a player to man the position next year. Their internal solutions at third base are a little more promising than they are behind the plate, but it’s still an uninspiring group. Let’s review.

Jayson Nix
The most veteran of the team’s in-house options, the 30-year-old Nix put up a .243/.306/.384 (88 wRC+) line with the Yankees this year and is a career .214/.285/.371 (73 wRC+) hitter. One thing he does decently is hit lefties, including a .255/.318/.408 (97 wRC+) line this year and .239/.309/.428 (94 wRC+) for his career. Nix has proven to be very versatile, starting at least nine games at second, short, third, and left field in 2012. The Yankees recently signed him to a new one-year contract worth $900k, and convinced him to accept a minor league assignment. Nix cleared waivers a few days ago and remains with the organization, but not as a 40-man roster player.

Eduardo Nunez
Nunez, 25, is one of the more polarizing players in Yankeeland. The guy has a ton of tools, specifically offering the ability to get the bat on the ball (career 10.4 K% and 88.2% contact rate), speed (career 38-for-46 in stolen base attempts, 83% success rate), and both range and arm strength in the field. His only problem is the inability to put those defensive skills to good use, as Nunez has a knack for throwing the ball away and booting ground balls. It’s frustrating because the routine play gives him trouble, not the tough ones. Nunez is a career .272/.318/.384 (88 wRC+) hitter in 491 big league plate appearances (.292/.330/.393, 93 wRC+ in 2012) and probably is the most dynamic of the team’s in-house options given his speed. The Yankees, however, have kept him at shortstop exclusively since May in an effort to improve his defense. They’d have to scrap that plan to use him as an A-Rod replacement.

David Adams
Unlike Nunez and Nix, the 25-year-old Adams has zero big league experience. In fact, he has zero Triple-A experience. The team’s third round pick in 2008 missed most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons with a brutal ankle injury, but returned this year to hit .306/.385/.450 (133 wRC+) in 383 Double-A plate appearances. A second baseman by trade, the Yankees shifted Adams to third base after A-Rod broke his hand in late-July. He continued to work on the position in the Arizona Fall League after the season. Adams is a contact-oriented right-handed hitter who has present gap power and will take a walk, and he’s always hit in the minors. Performance is not the issue. He lost a ton of development time due to the ankle injury and in fact, the team kept him on a four days on, one day off regimen this year. Making the jump from Double-A to the big leagues is tough but not impossible, though Adams would be doing it with only 50 or so career games at the hot corner under his belt.

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The crop of internal third base solutions is better than the internal catcher solutions, but these still aren’t guys you’d expect to find playing the hot corner everyday for a contending team. It’s easy to see why the Yankees would pursue someone like Youkilis, but let’s pretend for a moment that he’ll spurn the team to sign elsewhere.

If the season started today, who should be the starting third baseman?
Total Votes: 2300 Started: December 11, 2012 Back to Vote Screen
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  • Phil

    2013 = 1987, 89 wins. Not bad, but

  • BB

    Adams or bust. The Yankees need some youth on the field for once, like in the mid to late 90’s.

    • Ted Nelson

      I also voted for Adams. Nunez is actually a month younger than him, though.

      • jjyank

        So did I. The Yankees seem pretty intent on keep Nunez at SS. I’d rather give someone with upside (Adams) a shot over Nix.

    • MannyGeee (celery cap manager)

      Yeah… you know Wade Boggs was playing 3rd base in the mid to late 90s for this team, right?

      • Holy Ghost

        Boggs + Charlie Hayes Mays

      • BB

        My point was that there was youth on the field, not only at 3B. Posada, Rivera, Pettitte, Jeter were all just getting to The Show in the 90’s. The last few years, our prospects have been getting traded; now everyone wants Montero and Austin Jackson back. I just want more home-grown players, and not traded away so quickly.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    If Adams has a little more minor league seasoning, I’d vote for him, but right now…I go Nunez.

    • BJ

      Agree with this reasoning, I voted Nunez as well. Adams wasn’t even moved to third that long ago, he needs more time than 23 games to learn the position.

      http://www.baseball-reference......d_fielding::none

      3B fielding stats aren’t super impressive.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    I’d like to vote for Adams but my brain says I have to vote for Nix :/

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      A brain is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    Provided he performed well in ST, I’d go with Adams. Otherwise, it’s Nix, as Nunez will be the backup SS.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Help us Greek God Of Walks, you’re our only hope.

    • michal mcgrath

      I have spent so many years HATING the youk (for being a WCA, not a BRS) that combined with the creeping decrepitation of the lineup and tax-conscious crippling of the FO, i might feel much the same way as after the strike so many years ago.
      The question is, do the Yanks have a NEW Jeter to bring me and so many more lagging fans back to the fold (or at least, the stadium!)

      • Dr. Jake Rosenstein

        Premium seating is readily available at Citifield. I hear they’re bringing back Banner Day.

      • YanksFanInBeantown

        Honestly, he’s just the Red Sox’s version of Paul O’Neil. I’d love to have him on the team.

        • G

          I wouldn’t of said this when he was on the Sox, but he’s never done anything to really piss me off like Pedroia or Papelbon did, so I’m willing to give him a chance.

  • Reggie C.

    Assuming Cashman goes the in-house route to fill 3B …

    I voted Nunez but only because there’s a need for David Adams to play a half season at AAA and show he can keep hitting at a clip that’ll justify displacing Nunez’s mix of speed and contact hitting. Adams clearly has the highest upside of the three and it seems the general consensus around Adams is that he’ll round into a productive ML hitter, but the man simply needs alittle more seasoning.

    • Bob Buttons

      Adams a bit too injury prone IMO
      And I’m just assuming that players get injured just as often in the minors as they do in the majors.

      • Ted Nelson

        If he’s not injured at the time, I don’t really see why that matters in deciding who to put there to start the season. If he gets injured later, you replace him at that point.

        • Dr. Jake Rosenstein

          The man had ONE injury (albeit a bad one that cost him a season and a half)and he’s injury prone? SMH.

          • Ted Nelson

            I was going to mention that… at the same time it was an injury that lingered for about two years, and certainly might not be fully healed and/or could be re-aggravated… so I just figured that I’d let it go. It’s pretty much nitpicking and semantics. He’s an injury risk whether he’s injury prone or not.

            • Dr. Jake Rosenstein

              Evan Longoria is injury prone. Bob Buttons no likey him.

              • Bob Buttons

                True story. I never pick anyone who missed more than 50 games to injury in the past three years on my fantasy team.

        • Bob Buttons

          I’m not saying that he shouldn’t start the season there (in fact last I voted was the vote that put Adams ahead by one vote), I’m just saying that his upside is limited by potentially reaggrevating the injury. Hey, if it keeps you out for that long (and made you unattractive in a Cliff Lee deal), it must be something of concern.

  • Bob Buttons

    Adams so Nunez doesn’t get even more screwed up. (I think Nunez is more likely to be something in the future)

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    I voted Adams but it was close between him and Nunez for me. Guess it came down to Nunez’ proven fielding ineptitude compared to Adams’ unproven anything. Although if this is still really what we’re looking at going into Spring Training a good old fashioned competition should sort it out.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

    All absolutely terrible options, but I guess I will go with Nunez since he has the most potential at the plate.

  • CS Yankee

    Went Nix as;
    1) Nunie would throw to the stands, RF and might even hit CC upside the head. Nobody’s bat can carry that fielding.
    2) Adams mashes, but an old AA dude might have trouble in the show.

    Here’s one, put Robbie at 3B and Nunez at 2B…I know its two new positions but Robbie will likely be moved down the line anyways and 2B is a throw that i “trust” Nunez can make.

    • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

      So you’re saying you’d take one of the best players in baseball, the best player at his position and move him, in his prime, why would the Yankees….oh wait, they’ve done that already.

      • LitFig

        Lol. Well played.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vinnyscafuto Vinny S.

      See: Knoblauch, Chuck

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

        Shhhhh, don’t give people any more ideas about shifting Nunez to LF

      • 28 this year

        See: Rodriguez, Alex.

        • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

          I could be wrong but I think his comment was more in response to 2B being a throw CS Yankee trusts Nunez can make than the comment about switching a player in his prime to a new position.

    • Ted Nelson

      He’s certainly not a lock to produce in MLB, but Adams also mashed in AA when he was age appropriate back in 2010.

      I’d give Adams a chance, and if he doesn’t take advantage you’ve got Nix behind him. But I can also see giving Nix a chance and seeing if Adams can overtake him from AAA or in ST.

      I wonder if CoJo/Adams platoon would beat out Nunez if Cano slided over to 3B…

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Adams by default. We already know Eduardo Scissorhands can’t handle the defensive responsibilities at 3rd base and you’d be giving up too much offense with Nix.

    With Adams, we don’t really know yet. He offers some upside with the bat so why not try though I still think the real answer to this question is not yet on the 40 man roster.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      I’m with you on this. While Adams should get some time at AAA at 3B, given the other options, I’d give him the first shot (again, provided he looks like he can handle it during ST).

      • jjyank

        Agreed with both of you. If Adams doesn’t work out, Nix is still there. Nunez hasn’t played third in awhile anyway.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I voted Nunez because he has more of a tract record than any other of those guys.

    But please, sign Youkilis.

    • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

      This is a bad sign that we are at the point where we are begging old man Youkilis to take our money .

      • Ted Nelson

        34 is not exactly ancient.

        • Dr. Jake Rosenstein

          He is…if you’re 12.

    • Dr. Jake Rosenstein

      What does Nunez living in a tract house have anything to do with playing third base? Beats living in a mud hut.

  • IronHorse

    Why cant Nunez get better? crazy thought but its happened before

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Just not with Nunez. It’s not like the guy showed improvement when he was playing every day. It was just more of the same. And even worse when he played 3B than at SS.

    • Mike HC

      I think he can improve but I it seems the Yanks think his best chance at improvement is to just leave him at SS and not make him learn 4 different positions, (3b, ss, 2nd and even a little OF).

  • LitFig

    I voted Nunez. I think an entire offseason and spring training as the everyday 3B would help his defense. Plus, Adams probably needs somemore games in AAA as a 3B.

    Maybe Nunez statts as the ML 3B. After 50 games, if he plays well, he stays there. If he struggles, Adams should be more seasoned as a 3B and can replace him.

  • Robert

    I have seen Adams play at Trenton,If he has a great camp bring him to the Bronx!!!
    But the point is moot as Youk will sign with the Yanks!!!

    • MannyGeee (celery cap manager)

      unnecessary exclamation points!!!!! make uninspiring things seem very exciting!!!!!!!!!! loud noises!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • jjyank

        I’m riding a furry tractor!!!!!!!!!!

        • Dr. Jake Rosenstein

          My keyboard is broken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Get Phelps Up

        Robert’s exclamation point button = stuart a’s period button.

  • MannyGeee (celery cap manager)

    This is like Sophie’s Choice, emergency 3B edition: You want the guy who can field and not hit, the guy who can hit but not field, or the guy who can do both (but never above AA)?

    yikes. I think, gun to my head, I go Nunez because his offense is a plus today, and for all this teams needs right now, impact RH bats are amongst the highest. Plus, dat contact rate…

    Also, eventually he HAS TO get better with the routine play, right??? RIGHT!?!?!?!

    But let’s see David Adams prove me wrong in March. PLEASE let David Adams prove me wrong in March.

    • MannyGeee (Youk’s #1 fan…)

      I may have a little voter’s remorse here, as when I just re-entered this page and saw Nunez fielding a fly ball all the way up there, I got a little nervous and vomity.

  • MB923

    I voted Nunez.

    Originally I had a strong feeling that Youlk was going to Cleveland. Now my mind has changed, and I have a strong feeling he’s going to…..the Dodgers.

    If the Dodgers make him an offer, I think he’ll accept it right away. Rumor has it they had interest in him. If he wanted to go to NY, he would have accepted the offer. I think he strongly prefers the Dodgers over the Yankees. Reason he hasn’t signed with LA, is because so far, as far as all of us know, there has been no offer from them.

    I take the story with a grain of salt but I”ll point it out anyway- Someone said on Twitter that Youk was at a restuarant with his wife and baby. The guy is friends with the waiter, and the waiter had asked Youk where he wants to play, and Youk said he prefers LA. I think the guy was bullshitting though that he saw him. But I’d thought I’d point it out anyway.

    Something tells me that if the Dodgers make him an offer of any kind whatsoever, he’s going to LA.

    And as I said, if NY was his preferred destination, he would have gone there.

    • Mike HC

      Joining LA would not turn him enemy number 1 in Boston. Plus, they can get the “anti Valentine” band back together with Adrian Gonzalez along with Beckett and Crawford. Still hope he decides to come to NY.

      • MannyGeee (Youk’s #1 fan…)

        That sound you hear is Alfredo Aceves’ laptop booting up where he will be updating his resume and forwarding on to the Guggenheim Group.

        • The Evil Umpire

          As Clay Buckholtz eyes it up from a distance…

          • Mike HC

            haha

    • Dr. Jake Rosenstein

      Youk is married to Julie Brady, Tom’s sister. As you may know, the Brady family lives in the Los Angeles area. Would make sense for Youk to want to play in LA. But, as you point out, the Dodgers haven’t made him an offer…yet. Nor might they ever. All things being equal, he’d probably prefer to play in Hollywood.

      • MB923

        But Brady is a Yankee fan!!

        Last I heard though, the Dodgers have put Youk on the “backburner”. I think it’s now down to LA and NY. If LA offers him a multi-year contract, I’d expect him to go to LA.

        • Dr. Jake Rosenstein

          Lebron’s a Yankees fan. How that work out?

          • MB923

            You took that first part of my post seriously?

      • Peter North

        The fact that his in-laws live in LA might be the clincher to play in NY!

  • JRod

    Youk has been the main vector of my Red Sox loathing for years, and the idea of him in pinstripes feels like Billy Joel fronting Black Flag. I mean, we’d have to look at that ridiculous batting stance 4 or 5 times a night. But hey, the guy can hit, the guy can get on base. He’s only 33 but he seems older, he fits in with the grizzled crew of hard-nosed veterans on one year deals. Hey, if Youk is willing to sign, we delouse him, maybe throw in an exorcism, have some kind of cathartic ceremony at Babe Ruth’s grave in Monument Park.

    Otherwise, I went with Nunez, just play him until he starts absolutely killing you with the glove, maybe with playing time he can settle in, gain confidence and limit the mental errors out there.

  • Luisergi

    I can’t believe i just voted for Eduardo Nuñez to be the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees.

    • MannyGeee (Youk’s #1 fan…)

      I felt dirty too… It will pass.

  • http://Tab Aly

    At this point, it would be a luxury to have Adams play some 3B at AAA. I would give him a shot at 3B and use Nunez at DH so we have his bat. Nix is our utility guy. I think Youk is awaiting the L.A. offer and jerking us around. Rescind his offer now.

  • jjyank

    While I voted for Adams, I really want Youk. It would be great to try to get Adams some AAA at bats and more reps at third so that he could be better prepared to step in if/when Youkilis gets hurt.

    Nunez is a nice idea, but I don’t know how realistic it is given that the team seems intent on keeping him at SS.

  • mt

    I fear he is shopping Yankee offer – this has been out there since early Thursday – also can’t Cleveland have him DH (with Reynolds at first) and back-up 3B and 1B?

    I am so torn on this player and not because of Red Sox angle – I hate the sight of him but I don’t care about that as long as he produces on field. It is just chilling that we may get someone who played less games than Arod due to injury the last three years to replace Arod. If we are paying $12 million, he needs to show up because if Youk goes down we then have to do something else about a position where we would already be spedning $40 million in Arod and Youk combined salary. Steinbrenners probably will not go for anything.

    I hate bringing in a player with a cloudy recent injury history at this salary to replace someone who we 100% know definitively will be out for awhile (I wasn’t thrilled that Chavez was the back-up to Arod teh alst couple of years but at least Arod wasn’t definitely hurt at start of year and at Chavez salary there was a whole lot of upside and it turned out to be a good move (more of a good move in 2012 than 2011 when Chavez got hurt for a long time).

    • Ted Nelson

      I don’t really share your concern. Youkilis has still averaged 3 fWAR the past three seasons, and he missed more games in 2010 than either 2011 or 2012 so there isn’t a downward trend.

      A-Rod is out 4-6 months. You’re not replacing him.

      Guys like Nix, Adams, and Nunez aren’t great 1st choices, but they are strong 3rd, 4th, and 5th options.

      You weren’t thrilled with Chavez… and yet the Yankees averaged 96 wins and won the division both years…

    • Mike HC

      The Yanks witnessed what Chavez had to go through to just get ready to play. Youk is not injury prone like Chavez is. Not even close really.

  • Yank the Frank

    Have an open competition in ST. Whoever has the hot hand gets the start.
    I have a feeling Youk will turn down the Yankees. His ties to the Red Sox are too strong and his beef was with Valentine. He was just at a Christmas charity in Boston. He would be a hero in Suxland if he left the Yanks flat.

    • Stevis

      I’m sure his pocket is more important than playing in N.Y.

  • LarryM., Fl.

    If in house is the only answer then I go with Nunez. Nunez has almost 500 AB’s in the bigs hitting a respectable .272 with good speed. Now the true test of my judgment is defense. IMHO the kid needs to play. Anyone in house at third base will be tested. The balls coming at the third baseman are lethal. So I’d want some offense to off-set the defense. Nunez cannot improve sitting on the bench.

    I suspect Yuck will sign with us and the poll will be a thing of the past.

  • Ted Nelson

    Just FYI for those who are freaking out that the Yankees haven’t made all their moves by December 11th (same people who were also freaking out like two weeks ago… of course). 6 of MLBTradeRumors top 10 FAs haven’t signed yet. 13 of the top 25 haven’t. Not saying the Yankees will get those guys, just that it’s still early

    • LitFig

      Ted, you gotta stop being so rational.

      Join the teeming masses of lunatics out on the ledge!

  • Januz

    How about NONE of the above? As everyone knows Cashman is at his best in Ninja mode, and if Nunez, Nix & Adams are the replacements, why is Arod waiting on Surgery until Late January? You would think that if they wanted him back ASAP, the surgery would have been in late December instead. As fou Yuk, if he really wanted to be here, and the Yankees made a legitimate offer, why is he not signed by now? It makes me think something else is going on.

    • MannyGeee (Youk’s #1 fan…)

      Or maybe as a 37 year old future First Ballot Hall of Famer, he’s earned the right to not spend the holidays recovering from surgery. Not that it matters if he got the surgery today or in a month, he won’t be ready for Spring Training regardless.

      OK so he’s the starting 3B for New York Yankees and has various mythical creatures depicted over his bed. He’s also a father, and more importantly a human. So yeahhh.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      A-Rod is waiting because his surgeons feel he needs to strengthen the muscles in the area of the surgery before proceeding.

      That said, I wouldn’t put it past Cashman to make a big trade splash. We’ll see. As stated before, there’s still plenty of time before Spring Training.

    • BJ

      He needs to have “pre-rehabilitation” work before he can have the surgery. I don’t think it’s a tactic, it’s health-related.

    • Bo Knows

      So instead of spending Christmas and New Years, playing with his two little girls he should be in a hospital undergoing surgery? The nature of the injury and the rehab isn’t going to delay him much, he’s still going to miss at least half the season either way.

      • LitFig

        ONLY TEH BASEBALL MATTERZ!!!!!

  • Mike HC

    David Adams is getting a ridiculous amount of a love for a guy who has never played in AAA and was just a 25 year old player in AA.

    • Bo Knows

      His age shouldn’t even be part of the discussion, he suffered a major injury that cost him almost 2 years of development. He’s not on any bigger advantage than anyone else at that level because he probably has just as much experience as those players who are 2+ years younger.

      Also, he’s hit and hit quite well; while Nunez has a hard enough time playing his natural position it would be a bad idea to move him to 3rd

  • jesse

    Voted for Adams. Nunez is a disaster on defense and his offense doesn’t make up for it. Nix only provides about league average offense against lefties, and sucks against righties, though better defense than Nunez. Though I don’t know how Adams is defensively at third, I’m going with him. He’s raked in the minors, so hopefully that’ll continue in this scenario. That said, I really hope the Yankees sign Youk. Thought I’d never say that.

  • Tycoon MacFrugal

    I voted for Adams. If NY signs Youk then Adams is the starting 3B at Scranton. Nix is IF utility guy.

  • Stevis

    if you put the three together you might have one “decent” third baseman………….I am so bummed out over the State of the Yankees…..I think the first order of business is to find a real catcher!the three turds that Cashman has the balls to say will be vying for the starting position are a joke….Frankie Cervelli! holy shit!!!
    Been a Yankee fan for a long long time but this shit makes me want to throw up!!

    • Havok9120

      When did the RAB comments section suddenly acquire all these people who earnestly use large numbers of exclamation points and elongated ellipses? These were sure signs of a /sarcasm post just a couple months ago and now we’ve got a dozen or so handles making use of them and posting semi-regularly. Most of them also seem to have a pretty tentative relationship with the spacebar.

      • jjyank

        They think it makes their doom and gloom more real and dramatic? I dunno. Maybe stuart just started a fad.

        • MannyGeee (Youk’s #1 fan…)

          its cyclical. Every December, April & July you’ll see a new wave of inert trolls, Doom & Gloomers, “Trade for King Felixers”, and grammar butchers. they fade out when the realize they are better suited for NoMaas or LoHud, and we just await the next batch.

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        Love this comment.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The Dutch have invaded. After years of spending a lot of time in unsavory corners of the net, I can tell you no one uses more unnecessary punctuation than the Dutch.

  • dkidd

    adams 2013 = jeter 1996

    #notreally

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Stupid Questions Of The Day:

    “ability to get the bat on the ball (career 10.4 K% and 88.2% contact rate)”

    What are the other .4%? Are those caught looking and HBP?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      They’re two different things, don’t add them together. K% is just the percentage of plate appearances that ends with a strikeout. Contact rate is the percentage of swings that result in a ball in play.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        Thanks Mike. Any chance you’ll take a slow day this winter and revisit sabremetrics again?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Sure, I could do something like that.

    • MannyGeee (Youk’s #1 fan…)

      mostly bathroom breaks…

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        I laughed.

  • cr1

    Rotten choices, hoping ‘none of the above’ will be the answer. But if the New York Yankees are really forced to play one of these three at third base, I’d take Nix first, Adams second, and Nunez last because I really can’t bear to see him booting the ball all over the infield and throwing it all over the stands — plus we already saw with Joba how well jerking young players from role to role and back works.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Late to this dance.

    I went Nunez because

    1) God hates me
    2) I’m secretly Eddard (No, I’m not, if you actually believe that for a second)

    In all seriousness, my pick of Nunez was based on offensive ability and the caveat that he’d have to begin sleeping at third base every night starting tomorrow.

    I could make, and understand, the solid argument for the two other choices. Would rather have Youk with those three as fallback options and depth.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    I appear to be in the extreme minority but I’d go with Nix.

    Adams needs more minor league seasoning, and his bat doesn’t project to be much better than Nix’s at this point so I’d rather he continue developing at this point.

    Nunez is an extremely extremely extremely valuable commodity if the Yankees stop jerking him around and keep him at SS.
    His bat projects as plus at the position and he has all the tools to be an above average SS. It’s hard to work on your defense when your playing a new position every day. So I want to keep Nunez at SS, he might not be the long term solution to replace Jeter, but with the demand for SS’s around the game he’s one hell of a trade chip when the time comes.

  • LitFig

    The best case scenario is to sign Youk, have Nix back him up, let Nunez be Jeter’s backup, and have Adams play in AAA. Remember, you are going to be dealing with the A-Rod yearly DL stint going forward, so use this year to get Adams as many reps at 3B as possible. Next year he can be your semi-regular 3B, and ARod can split time there and DH.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      The best case scenario is to sign Youk, have Nix back him up, let Nunez be Jeter’s backup, and have Adams play in AAA. Remember, you are going to be dealing with the A-Rod yearly DL stint going forward, so use this year to get Adams as many reps at 3B as possible. Next year he can be your semi-regular 3B, and ARod can split time there and DH.

      worth repeating.

  • There’s the Door

    This Youk thing is taking too long. Feels like maybe it won’t happen, like maybe he really doesn’t want to come and is looking around for as long as he can hoping he can find somewhere, anywhere else to go.