Several different names have been proposed as potential targets for the New York Yankees as they seek a fill in for injured first baseman Mark Teixeira, including Scott Rolen and Carlos Lee. ESPN's Buster Olney has a few more candidates, as he says the Yankees could also consider Don Kelly and Russ Canzler.
Kelly is in camp with the Detroit Tigers attempting to win a spot with the club. If he's unable to do so, Olney speculates that the 33-year-old could be an option for the Yankees.
Kelly is a utility player that has experience at first and third base as well as both corner outfield positions. In this way he could be a good fit to offer New York defensive flexibility as they deal with injuries to Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.
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While Kelly's defensive versatility is a plus, his offense is certainly not. Last season he hit an ugly .186/.276/.248 and owns a career batting line of .232/.283/.344 over five seasons in the majors.
Canzler was with the Yankees - along with several other teams - this offseason before ultimately landing with the Baltimore Orioles. He initially seemed like a solid pairing with Wilson Betemit as a DH platoon, but he's fighting for a roster spot. At this point, he could be available, considering competitors Connor Jackson and Steve Pearce are tearing the cover off the ball.