Though the New York Yankees have said they’re content with veteran Eric Chavez and others in place of injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez, other teams are saying the club is exploring outside options, including Colorado Rockies infielder Marco Scutaro, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN:
The Yankees might be saying they'll be just fine using Eric Chavez, Jayson Nix et al to cover the loss of Alex Rodriguez for the next six weeks. But other clubs report the Yankees are definitely exploring their options. One name to file away: Colorado's versatile Marco Scutaro.
The Rockies appear to be waiting until closer to the deadline to move Scutaro, who also would be a potential fallback for the A's if they can't reel in Chase Headley.
Yesterday, Joel Sherman of The New York Post passed on word from an American League executive that said there was no way Chavez could play regularly over the eight-week period Rodriguez is expected to be out without breaking down physically.
San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley has been tied to the Yankees, but Sherman didn’t consider him to be an option due to his high price tag. He also didn’t view Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds or Chone Figgins of the Seattle Mariners as viable options.
Instead, he said the Yankees could target a player such as Philadelphia Phillies infielder Ty Wigginton. With Placido Polanco’s injury and the Phillies recent hot streak, Wigginton may not be available, but Scutaro would seem to fit into a similar category and is reportedly the most likely Rockies’ player to be traded this summer.
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