The Yankees have been lost a number of key producers to injury heading into the season and while GM Brian Cashman has been downplaying the team’s efforts to address those losses, he has also been looking into making the kind of unexpected blockbuster deal the Yankees have long been known for.
Headley would solve a number of the Yankees issues, however. He won a Gold Glove at third base last season and putting him in the hot corner would move Kevin Youkilis over to first, where he is a much better defender and his diminished range is less of an issue. Headley would also help the Yankees out on offense.
The switch hitter is coming off of a fantastic 2012 season, where he hit .286/.376/.498 and somehow managed 31 home runs in the offensively-oppressive environment of
Cafardo says Headley is not currently on the market but he could be made available over the summer. If that is case, the Yankees would certainly be among the top bidders, but
In addition to Headley, Cafardo hears from a scout that the Phillies John Mayberry would make sense for
His career .254/.313/.448 batting line is solid for a player with just 848 plate appearances under his belt, but it is hardly a replacement for players like Granderson or Teixeira. The Yankees are more likely to explore a player like Headley, who offers a significant upgrade at a high cost, or shop the waiver wire and bargain bin. Mayberry would cost them young talent without guaranteeing them enough of an upgrade.
For the Yankees, there is typically no middle ground. They will either land a player like Headley or make do with stopgap solutions until their big guns return.