New York currently employs Chase Headley at the position, though he is hitting just .227/.300/.348 on the season and struggled throughout May. He is receiving $13 million this season and is under contract for another $13 million next year, but his lack of production has led to the Yankees looking into other options.
While Cafardo doesn’t mention any specific names, there are sure to be plenty of third base options out there for the Bombers. Todd Frazier (White Sox) and Mike Moustakas (Royals) are known trade candidates and are likely to be moved as pending free agents, while a few others (Toronto’s Josh Donaldson, Oakland’s Trevor Plouffe and San Diego’s Yangervis Solarte) may be fits as well.
The Yankees, who currently sit two games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East with a 32-22 record, are expected to be aggressive at the deadline. In addition to making an upgrade at third, the club is also expected to use its strong farm system to look into acquiring a front-end starter.