July 25 ,2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds (12) singles in the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
Joel Sherman of The New York Post believes the New York Yankees could pursue a player like Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Ty Wigginton to fill in for the injured Alex Rodriguez, but not one like Baltimore Orioles "whiff machine" Mark Reynolds or the Seattle Mariners’ "faded" Chone Figgins:
The Yankees are looking more toward a player such as Philadelphia’s Ty Wigginton. He is owed $2 million (including his buyout for next year), has versatility and hits lefty pitching well. I can’t imagine a defensively challenged whiff machine like Baltimore’s Mark Reynolds or Seattle’s faded Chone Figgins would entice the Yankees.
Perhaps when Joey Votto returns in a few weeks from his torn meniscus, the Reds will move rising rookie Todd Frazier back at third and maybe Scott Rolen would become expendable. But generally first-place teams do not trade from their 25-man rosters.
While veteran Eric Chavez has done well this season, Sherman spoke with an AL executive who said "there is zero chance Chavez can play regularly for eight weeks [without breaking down]."
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said a potential acquisition would have more to do with the "price tag" than it would Chavez. For this reason, a player such as San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley doesn’t seem to be a fit for the Yankees.
Sherman says the Yankees only need a third baseman until Rodriguez heals, and the slugger is expected back in six-to-eight weeks. Due to A-Rod’s extensive contract, Sherman adds that the Yankees wouldn’t be willing to "buy Headley as exclusively a third baseman."
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