Third base market thinning for Yankees
The Yankees beat writers had their annual Winter Meetings luncheon with manager Joe Girardi this afternoon. When the main course arrived, Jeff Keppinger had agreed to a three-year deal with the White Sox. By dessert, Eric Chavez was off the board as well, inking a one-year, $3 million deal with the D-backs.
Finding a short-term replacement for Alex Rodriguez doesn’t exactly seem to be going as smoothly as Brian Cashman might have hoped. The Yankees continue to be connected to Kevin Youkilis, and maybe that’ll turn out to be their best option.
Youkilis would probably welcome the passionate atmosphere of New York; some observers thought he was disappointed with the drop in intensity while going from the Red Sox to the White Sox. It remains to be seen if he’ll ultimately take a one-year deal, which would be the Yankees’ preference.
Perhaps the trade front is still the avenue the Yankees will take. There have been some rumblings that the Rangers might consider moving Michael Young, and the Pirates may even think about parting with Pedro Alvarez. One thing is for sure – as Girardi said on his way to Cashman’s suite for an update, the Yankees have plenty of work to do.