Yankees giving Mustelier a look at third base in wake of Teixeira injury


Via Chad Jennings: The Yankees are indeed giving Ronnie Mustelier a look at third base in the wake of Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury. “We’re going to look at him,” said Joe Girardi, in case you didn’t believe me.

Mustelier, 28, is 6-for 16 (.375) with a triple, a homer, two walks, and four strikeouts in camp so far. B-Ref’s OppoQual stat indicates he’s faced mostly Triple-A caliber pitching so far this spring, which isn’t a surprise since most of his work has come off the bench. Because Kevin Youkilis can play either corner infield spot, the Yankees are free to seek a first or third baseman as they look to replace Teixeira’s production. There’s no harm in giving Mustelier a look, but his bat is going to have to carry him because the defense is lacking.

Categories : Asides, Spring Training


  1. Fuji says:


    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      I hear he’s awful at 3B. Not much of a hitter either.

    • Eddard says:

      Can’t believe some people are saying trade Big Game Dave Phelps for a one year rental. This kid is going to be something and they want to trade him away. Pettitte and Kuroda are old and probably won’t be back next year. If you’re going to operate under a $189 million budget you have to give kids like Nova and Phelps a prominent role in the starting rotation.

  2. greg says:

    SIGN wade boggs

  3. Jersey Joe says:

    Vaguely interesting candidate is Joe Mather. Recently released, plays 1B, 3B, OF. Not sure how much better he would be than Nix, but I could see him in a platoon with Johnson maybe at 1B.


  4. Jersey Joe says:

    Why not try him at 1B? Much better defense from Ronnier probably, not to mention we wouldn’t have to swap Youk from 1st to 3rd in unfavorable splits.

    • Laz says:

      He has some experience at 3b, none at 1b.

    • JU says:

      Do you really need to ask why? This is the same organization that just scrapped a plan to move Gardner to CF – something that should’ve happened two yrs ago – because they don’t want to make Granderson uncomfortable. If they’re acting as if they’re trying to train a dog to play LF, rather than a veteran CFer in that situation, how do you think they would approach moving a guy with minimal (subpar) 3rd base experience to a position he’s never played before?

  5. Derrick says:

    Is he Cabrera bad at 3rd or worse? We need offense bad so if he can play Cabrera type third for a month is might be worth it.

    • jjyank says:

      It’s kind of a cost/benefit thing. If his defense is Cabrera bad, that’s fine if he can hit like Cabrera, which he most certainly will not. If he’s terrible at third, he needs to hit the snot out of the ball. That’s far from a given.

      That said, it’s worth a shot and see what happens. But let’s not pretend that the Yankees could live with poor defense at 3B just because the Tigers can with Cabrera.

  6. CG says:

    Am I the only one who would actually be excited to see Mustilier start a bunch of regular season games? Give him a chance!

  7. Fresh Boone Tang says:

    Give the kid a chance…his bat is major league -

  8. Fresh Boone Tang says:

    Give the kid a chance…his bat is major league

  9. ken says:


  10. Brian Cashman says:

    No, you’re not the only one, @CG. I would too. He will be a big bat in our lineup one day. He is 28, and usually 28-30 is “Prime Time”. I think this could be intriguing.

  11. Brian Cashman says:

    No, you’re not the only one, @CG. I would too. He will be a big bat in our lineup one day. He is 28, and usually 28-30 is “Prime Time”. I think this could be intriguing. I am excited.

  12. Barry says:

    I think this is our best option.. If he plays decent enough he’ll have marginal trade value and this will give us more flexibility if we need to acquire a player later in the season. As of right now we’ll be getting a lot of help by middle-late May and may not need whoever we would acquire now. Plus players like Musty have been doing well the last few years when it comes to older aged prospect break outs. No reason to call the fire department if you can quench the flames on your own. Plus (with no stats to back up) pitching usually dominates the early months of the season..

  13. Vern Sneaker says:

    We’re lucky to have ST to try him out at third. If he turns out to be awful then Nix with Youkilis at first is the better option. We can’t afford to start the season with bad D at third and the mere hope he’ll hit big-league pitching. No matter how his bat looks now it’s not an adequate test for predicting he’ll hit when the bell rings.

  14. Mike HC says:

    Yanks are going to have to throw everything they have against the wall and hope somethings sticks.

  15. Scott Moss says:

    Unless he’s Nunez-in-2011 bad, he seems worth a shot at 3B, because it seems like the alternative to Mustelier at 3B is Dan Johnson or Juan Rivera at 1B, which is likely a substantial falloff in offense.

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