Here’s the latest from both Big Apple teams…
- Alex Rodriguez’s health problems have made him the Yankees’ full-time DH while David Wright’s spinal stenosis makes him questionable for even the modest 120-game plan the Mets originally slated for the star third baseman. As Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes, the health issues faced by these two stars have led to roster flexibility problems for both teams. The Mets don’t have a left-handed hitting utility option available, and Sherman suggests that players like Yangervis Solarte, Derek Dietrich, Luis Valbuena could be good fits as potential trade targets if they’re made available. The Yankees could use both an extra reliever and a versatile infielder as their 25th man, since depth is a need with so many aging stars in both the lineup and rotation. This is a reason why the Yankees didn’t want to give a big league deal to a veteran infielder, as the club hopes Rob Refsnyder can also learn to play third. On the external help front, Sherman suggests that Cody Asche makes sense as a trade target when healthy.
- Signing Ruben Tejada to a minor league deal would’ve greatly helped the Yankees’ utility situation and also given a bit of a PR tweak to the Mets at the same time, Newsday’s David Lennon observes. Tejada rejected the Yankees’ minor league offer for a one-year, $1.5MM Major League deal with the Cardinals.
- X-rays and a CT scan were negative on Jacoby Ellsbury’s right wrist after the outfielder was hit by a pitch yesterday, though he tells reporters (including Lennon) and his wrist “is in a bad spot” and may need some time for the inflammation to die down. With this and the Yankees’ spring schedule in mind, Ellsbury likely won’t play until Thursday at the earliest, as per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
- There’s an open spot in the Mets’ bullpen with Josh Edgin still recovering from Tommy John surgery, and ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin looks at some of the roster logistics that could factor into the competition between Erik Goeddel and Jim Henderson. It could end up being a short-term gig for either pitcher as Edgin hopes to be back by the start of May.