Third Base Trade CandidatesPosted: July 12, 2011
With Alex Rodriguez out for about a month, the Yankees can either stick with what they have inside the organization to replace him (i.e. Eduardo Nunez, Ramiro Pena, Brandon Laird) or they can make a trade before the July 31 deadline. I personally think they have enough right now to get by, but I’m sure Brian Cashman will take a look at the market and see what’s available. The question is, what is available?
There are a couple of guys who I wouldn’t mind the Yanks trading for. The first is Omar Infante. After having a career year for the Braves in 2010 (.321/.359/.416), he was trading in the Dan Uggla deal to the Marlins and just hasn’t put it together.
He’s hitting .251/.293/.309 and just hasn’t been the same player we saw last year, although he did get off to a tough start. Maybe it was a fluke, but I still wouldn’t mind a deal since his contract is done after this year so he’d just be a rental. And after A-Rod gets back, he can become a super utility guy since he plays all over the diamond.
Another guy, I wouldn’t mind is a guy Rob brought up on last week’s podcast, Jeff Keppinger. In only 39 games played this year, he’s hitting .301/.316/.390 with two homers and 16 ribbies. He doesn’t walk much, but he is more of a major League hitter that Ramiro Pena.
He’s another guy who can play all over the infield and could serve as a valuable back-up infielder when Rodriguez comes back. If he has a good season, he is arbitration eligible for 2012.
This next guy is someone we’ve seen play a little bit as Yankee fans. Edwin Encanarcion has posted a .302 wOBA so far in 2011 with six homers, but his walk-rate is career low 3.5%. He does have power potential (he hit 21 homers in 96 games for the Blue Jays in 2010) and can be a short-term fix.
I can’t see them trading for him, however, unless Eric Chavez is definitely out for the season because he is essentially the same thing, but right-handed (Chavez may be a little better). Another thing to look out for here is that Toronto is a division-rival which may hinder their desire to trade with the Bombers.
Aramis Ramirez is another guy that a lot of Yankees fans want to see in pinstripes, but his big 2012 team option becomes a player option with a trade and that is a big no. Like I said above, I don’t think they need to trade for anyone because it’s only a month and I think that Nunez can do a serviceable job. I would like to see Brandon Laird though, a corner infielder for Triple-A Scranton, get a call just to see what he can do.