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Yankees rumors: Don Kelly, Russ Canzler

Buster Olney speculates that New York could target Don Kelly or Russ Canzler as fill ins for the injured Mark Teixeira.


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.

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.