A few days ago, I wrote a post outlining the Yankees’ options for third base, piggybacking on Peter Abraham’s. One logical scenario he mentioned was to move Robinson Cano to third base and just acquire a second baseman (Orlando Hudson would’ve been nice).
One problem with this option: Cano is not on board. He said yesterday that he did not want to move back to his old position. Of course, it’s not his decision and if he wants to get paid he’ll do what the Yankees tell him to do. We saw this situation play out most recently with Alfonso Soriano, who didn’t want to play outfield for the Nationals. Still, you’d rather have the player in agreement with the team.
Multiple articles came out today about the Yankees’ third base options, though there wasn’t much we hadn’t already considered in posts or comments here.
Mark Gonzales mentioned Joe Crede, as did many others. But Gonzales also threw Josh Fields’ name into the mix. That doesn’t seem likely but you never do. Seems like the Yanks would go with Betemit rather than trade for Fields. I like the Crede match, but you have to wonder if the Yanks will take a pass on Boras clients this winter.
The New York Times named Mike Lowell, but most expect him to stay in Boston. They also name Crede, as well as Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera.
Dan Graziano threw in a few fresh names – Brandon Inge, Chone Figgins, and even Derek Jeter.