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For now, it’s Ransom

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 08, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the list of internal candidates to play third base in the absence of Alex Rodriguez:

1. Cody Ransom

Robinson Cano isn’t moving over there. Neither is Mark Teixeira or Xavier Nady. There is no mystery guest in camp. Joe Girardi even shot down the idea of Angel Berroa today.

For 2-4 weeks, the Yankees are prepared to let Ransom play. “I believe that that he can handle it, I do,” Girardi said. “Time will tell. He’s going to get a lot of opportunities.”

Brian Cashman has not yet sat down with his staff and talked about external options. But you can be sure that Billy Eppler and his people have made a list.

“If something makes sense that you run into, I think we’ll gravitate to it,” Cashman said. “But it’s hard to run into things that make sense.”

Ransom has been remarkably calm the last few days.

“Nobody can replace Alex Rodriguez,” he said. “I can only do what I can do. I’m ready to play and if I’m out there, I’ll give them everything I can give them.”

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83 Responses to “For now, it’s Ransom”

  1. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    they also said they had decided against surgery.

    they also said that arod was not going to be resigned

    they also said they wouldnt sign both cc and teixeira.

    just sayin…

  2. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I’d prefer they make a move now (Teahen?) because I just don’t think Ransom will hold up even for 4-5 weeks…….and still we’d be stuck with Berroa as our utility player. That said, I sure like Ransom’s attitude….

  3. T-Dot March 8th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    This makes me even more confident that Teahan will be in Pinstripes by next week

  4. Kevin March 8th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I get that, but it doesn’t make sense to flip out for 2-4 weeks of coverage. Probably wouldn’t hurt to get a Durham/Grudzie-type, but it’s not necessary.

  5. Stan March 8th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I hope Ransom gets it just so I can see the headlines when he gets a game winning hit

  6. m March 8th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    This is the way to go. Unless he falls flat on his face (I don’t think he will), he can hold down the fort.

    You can’t replace A-rod, so why go out and get guys closer to 40 than 30 or take on bad contracts?

    If you can find a guy who can play 3B AND CF well, then you gotta do it.

    Otherwise, go Cody! And use some of those hops. I want to see you jump 4 feet in the air to snag a liner!

  7. kill.schill(ing) March 8th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    No way the O’s would help the Yankees but I’d actually like to see the Yankees acquire Melvin Mora, if, that is, he can still play 2nd base or SS?

    Otherwise, I love the idea of acquiring Brandon Inge, but only because he’s great insurance behind the plate as well.

    Why does everyone like Teahen? What am I missing?

  8. Abdul March 8th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    ransom should be fine at the bottom of the order if everyone else does their job

    who bats 3rd and who bats 4th?

  9. kill.schill(ing) March 8th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “If you can find a guy who can play 3B AND CF well, then you gotta do it.”

    Can Figgins still play CF?

  10. darkmoonfire March 8th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Well, Ransom is probably a better option than Betemit would have been. Plus we got Swisher.

    I doubt that Ransom will start on opening day, but it’s not the worst idea in the World.

    I can’t help thinking that removing the ARod three ring, all singing, all dancing, big top circus, complete with freak show, from the Yankees for a while will be a beneficial thing all round. I think the team may well perform better without him.

  11. Chris March 8th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    kill.shcill – No idea. Teahan is nothing special at all and KC won’t give him away anyway

    Cashman is not giving up much for a 1 month rental, nor should he. None of these teams are in the business of helping the Yankees.

  12. m March 8th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    kill,

    Yes. But people here think the Angels won’t give him to us.

  13. 2009 Yankees March 8th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Cody isn’t a rookie, he is a 33 year old minor leaguer. If the Yankees could keep Super Clay Bellinger around for 4 championship rings and have him help the team at points, I see no reason why a BETTER players in Ransom couldn’t do the same. I would like to see him play for that month and see him get a chance with the team. He just might surprise some people.

  14. 4time March 8th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    If everyone else does their job (meaning no slow start for Tex/Cano), then we should be able to survive.

  15. Kevin March 8th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Figgins can’t play CF anymore. He’s below average in LF and at 2B, and above average at 3rd.

  16. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Jose cono que tu haces..hit it on the ground :x

  17. kill.schill(ing) March 8th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    agreed. if the yankees can acquire a salary dump, it’s worth considering, but I agree it’s not worth giving up something valuable.

    That is of course, unless the Yankees are lying to us about the injury and likely recovery time.

    It wouldn’t be the first time they misled the public to enhance their bargaining position or for whatever other reason they typically rationalize the subterfuge.

  18. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    joe should probably just bat tex wherever he intends to bat him when arod gets back. then move matsui up to clean-up and leave the rest of the order with ransom 8th and gardner 9th.

  19. Yanks761 March 8th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    2009 Yankees – It’s the Steinbrenner “All-star” at every position disease. Fans can’t even the guy a chance.

    Newsflash: If we can’t survive a MONTH without Alex after all the money we spent this winter and with our great pitching, then we are not as great as we thought.

  20. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    So Wily Tavaras was going on his own yesterday, he should have been benched today.

  21. 2009 Yankees March 8th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I agree that they TRY for All Stars at every position but once in a while, you find a guy who defies the odds and plays like an All Star when you need him to. Hopefully in May, we’ll be talking like that about Cody.

  22. YankeeVIP March 8th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    anybody know what the incentive triggers are on arods contract.

    if this injury limits his production over the next few years and he doesnt hit all those milestones.. what is alex’s salary then?

  23. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “Nobody can replace Alex Rodriguez,” he said. “I can only do what I can do. I’m ready to play and if I’m out there, I’ll give them everything I can give them.”

    ==========================

    Good to hear from Cody. He should be able to hold things for a bit. Well, he better.

    Alright, who to root for in this WBC game? Panama or the DR?

  24. 7 UP March 8th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Rays went to the WS with a bottom of the lineup featuring some combination of Aybar-Zobrist-Gross-Bartlet

    The Red Sox went to game 7 of the ALCS with a bottom of the order featuring Crisp-Varitek-Lowrie

    And people here are complaining about trying to survive one month with Ransom? Tough crowd…

  25. Bret the Hitman March 8th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Re: Arod’s replacement

    I don’t like the sound of this at all.

    Brian Cashman and the Yankees aren’t going to run into something that “makes sense”. If another team wants to rip off the Yankees, the Yankees are prepared to go to war with Ransom. In other words, they’re going to go with Ransom because EVERYONE smells blood here and will try to rip off the Yankees.

    Ransom is the guy. Horrible preparation on the part of Cashman and the front office. Terrible excuse for a minor league system and bench.

  26. 2009 Yankees March 8th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    If Taverez was going on his own, he should have stolen 2nd with Cano up. At least Cano could have moved Taverez over to third with just 1 out. What he did was a gamble, no doubt, especially on THAT loaded lineup.

    Oh well, at least it wasn’t ARod who did that! ;)

  27. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Tatis is hurt, Cuero is pissing me off here.

  28. Kevin March 8th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    “anybody know what the incentive triggers are on arods contract.”

    The only incentive-triggers are the “milestone” home runs: 660, 714, 755, 762, and 763. $6 million each. The other $275 million is completely guaranteed.

  29. Mitchell March 8th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I say we trade for Figgins. Put him at third and when A-Rod comes back, move him to center. He’ll give us a good backup at just about every position. IMO, Ransom could be a decent backup but, I would in no way want him playing every day. However, the question is what to give up for Figgins…

  30. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    The Angels will not trade Figgins to the Yankees, no way no how… Just got back from the game AJ and Phil looked good… Ransom can do this job until A-Rod is ready

    met Cashman and he signed a ball, nice guy

  31. YankeeVIP March 8th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    i think getting figgans would be a great deal.. he can fill in at 3rd for a while and play cf if gardner/melky dont work out..

    he is very flexible and would be a perfect fit..

    trade IPK and maybe another prospect for figgans.. seems fair.. IPK doesnt have it to be a frontline starter..

  32. DT March 8th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    If the Yanks stay with Ransom –
    Who will back him up in an emergency situation?

    I see Nady has played there in 2005 (3 games).
    Cash played at 3B for 4 games with Boston – but he might not even make the team.
    Berroa has played 3B for 1/3 of an inning in his career.

  33. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    ‘i think getting figgans would be a great deal.. he can fill in at 3rd for a while and play cf if gardner/melky dont work out..

    he is very flexible and would be a perfect fit..

    trade IPK and maybe another prospect for figgans’

    I’m sorry you were being serious :lol:

    since when do you think the Yankees will go multiple prospects for a Chone Figgins ? knowing Alex is coming back and Figgins would be a temp. and most likely gone after the season. Come on now.

  34. Bob March 8th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    You don’t trade for a guy who is currently a starter because you need a fill-in for a month. You think he’s going to be happy being a backup?

    You want Figgins? Start with Hughes. Otherwise, forget it. It ain’t happening.

    And to all of the ‘OMG CASHMAN STINKS BECAUSE HE DIDN’T HAVE AN ALL STAR 3B SIGNED TO BACKUP AROD ALREADY’, please go back to your fantasy baseball team.

  35. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Robi w/ a fullcount vs Ramiro Mendoza grounds to 2B for the final out.

  36. m March 8th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Berroa would be the backup IF.

    So excited that Posada is on track to catch next weekend.

  37. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Leone’s better than Ransom, but we’ll probably make a trade.

  38. DT March 8th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    m
    March 8th, 2009 at 5:12 pm
    Berroa would be the backup IF.

    That’s what I thought – but Pete’s quote made me wonder.
    “Joe Girardi even shot down the idea of Angel Berroa today.”

    Maybe that was in reference to starting a game there – not an emergency situation.

  39. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    WTF Cuero ! :x

  40. Global Warming March 8th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Sign Mark Gruzeladadknaknsknds already.

  41. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    For what ?

  42. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Grudzelinik or however yoyu spell it is still out there.

  43. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Berroa is not any good. Yea he his hitting but he has also make like 3 errors.

  44. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Who is Billy Eppler?

  45. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Eppler is the head of the major league scouting dept.

  46. Don March 8th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Teams are going to try and rob Cashman blind. He has no leverage, even less so because he is working with a limited market.

    He has to find a utility guy who can fill in for 1 month and go back to the bench– meaning no Rolen, Blalock, Figgins, Beltre, Mora etc.

    So his market is pretty much Teehan and maybe Chad Tracey.

  47. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I just read that signing Grudzelinik would cost them a draft pick so I guess that eliminates him.

  48. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    The Yankees will not make a trade, what more can Ransom do so far

  49. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    ‘Berroa is not any good. Yea he his hitting but he has also make like 3 errors.’

    It’s not like Berroa sucks at fielding infact it’s quite the opposite if you saw him in the Dodgers and KC. Grudz whatever isn’t going to be any better than Berroa, everyone thinks the guy is going to be a big difference it’s not like he’s going to be the #4 batter or #5 or 6. Look you have Teixeira, Posada, Nady, Jeter and strong SP and hopefully a motivated Robi Cano

    1 – 0 D.R. !

  50. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Yanks will have to make do with Ransom and Berroa.

    Note to Cashman – invite more infielders to camp next time.

  51. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Yanks have no choice but to go with Ransom and Berroa. Yanks should be fine for a month – hopefully

  52. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    3 – 0 D.R. !

    Nice gun by that RF

  53. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    At least Gardner is doing real well in ST

  54. dane bramage March 8th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    AARON ‘FREAKIN’ BOONE.

  55. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    ‘AARON ‘FREAKIN’ BOONE.’

    Physically can’t play 3B anymore hence his move to part time uty and mostly 1B.

  56. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I can live with Cody as the third base for a month

  57. Erik A. March 8th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Cody can handle it. I’ll miss Alex, but Ransom is gonna do fine.

  58. eric March 8th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I’d rather have Brosius at 3rd instead of Berroa.. heck, Brosius might be a few years younger…

  59. jake March 8th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Some of you are out of your minds.
    Chone Figgins?
    First off, the Angels would want Hughes and Jackson in exchange. They’re not going to take Melky Cabrera and Shelly Duncan. No GM in his right mind would give away two of his best prospects for a utility guy (which is why I’m saying that those of you who would want the Yanks to trade for Chone Figgins are NOT in your right minds!)
    As for Figgins as a third baseman, he’s a good defensive player. His bat is a joke at the hot corner. A joke. And what would happen after A-Rod returns? A shift to CF? Figgins is likely to hit .280, with an OBP of .350 with a bunch of stolen bases and no power. Give Brett Gardner the same chance and he’s likely to hit .270 with an .OBP of .330 with a bunch of stolen bases and no power. And Gardner is probably the better defensive CF. Would it be worth giving up Phil Hughes for a miniscule improvement in CF offense? (Hint: If your answer is “Yes,” you are either a BoSox fan, or just insane).
    Cody Ransom can fill in just fine. He’d be just as good as Scott Brosius was, overall, and the Yanks did just fine with him in 1999/2000, when he hit around .240 with some power.
    Oh, and by the way, one personon this board stated that this A-Rod situation and the Yanks’ need to find a replacement is reflection of their poor farm system. Only an idiot would say such a thing.

  60. Stan March 8th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I think Cody Ransom will be just fine…all we have to do is sacrifice some outfield defense by playing Damon in CF and Swish in LF while A-Rod is out that we way we still have some pop in the lineup than when Alex comes back we go into the original four man rotation in the OF with Gardner, Swish, Damon, and Nady

  61. atlas March 8th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Grudz will not cost draft pick. He is the best solution out there. Experienced, cheap, a career .290 (or so) hitter who is decent at short and second and has actually played a few games (though way back) at third. Quite simply, with Ransom in third and ARod disabled, they need utility guy. And he’s the best value out there.

  62. Great Scott! March 8th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Pete and crew:

    Sign Andy Marte. Indians will give him up for free. Have Kevin Long work with his hitting.
    Can always develop him at AAA later. He’s still young – 25 – and was a top prospect.

    Sara

  63. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Leone is better than Ransom.

  64. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    atlas
    March 8th, 2009 at 6:00 pm
    Grudz will not cost draft pick. He is the best solution out there. Experienced, cheap, a career .290 (or so) hitter who is decent at short and second and has actually played a few games (though way back) at third. Quite simply, with Ransom in third and ARod disabled, they need utility guy. And he’s the best value out there.

    ————————————————————

    There’s a reason that Grudzalanek was moved from short to 2nd base, and, that’s because at worst, he’s only 65 feet from 1st base, and that’s a blessing. He has no range and unless NYY has the pitcher work as the relay from third to first, there will be a lot of bunt hits to third base. That’s why he’s still “out there”.

  65. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Great Scott!
    March 8th, 2009 at 6:02 pm
    Pete and crew:

    Sign Andy Marte. Indians will give him up for free. Have Kevin Long work with his hitting.
    Can always develop him at AAA later. He’s still young – 25 – and was a top prospect.

    Sara

    ————————————————————

    And, out of options.

  66. Jon March 8th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Any chance we make a trade for bobby crosby and put him at third. He asked the Athletics for a trade

  67. atlas March 8th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Beret
    As I said, Grudz is the best option out there that will not get you fleeced by a trade, He adds another bat to the bench, and can fill in adequately at three positions. His range factor has consistently been above league average, though I’m sure his range has slipped some. Yes, ideally we could bring in Ozzie Smith or Frank White to back up our paper-thin infield. But Grudz ia about the best we can get right now.

  68. 2009 Yankees March 8th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Marte is still with the Indians. He cleared waivers and was assigned to their minor league camp. The Indians will not just GIVE him away because it is the Yankees.

  69. RichinVegas March 8th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. A zillion posts on all kind of blogs and not one mention of Eric Duncan. You’d think someone would have at least spotted him peeking over the fence at Steinbrenner field.

  70. rbj March 8th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    “Joe Girardi even shot down the idea of Angel Berroa today.”

    Good news. If Cody can play at replacement level, I’ll accept a month of that. Especially if Matsui’s bat is back.

  71. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    BGNYY if you’re still here, how did you get to meet Cashman? I think it’s great that you did. He does seem like a very nice person.

  72. 86w183 March 8th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Scott Brosius hit .300 19 HR,98 RBI his first year with the Yankees. Ransom would need about 800 AB to hit 19 HR.

    Why do some of you think the Yankees would automatically get fleeced in any trade. Alex might miss as few as 10-15 games so this is not a desperate situation. If they want to add potentially good talent then salary dumps like Tracy and Teahen offer pretty good potential reward for little risk since both of those clubs are about maxed out in payroll. Give it a little time.

    But I don’t want Ranson in the lineup for ten straight days unless it’s still March

  73. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Girardi has been saying that Ransom would be Arod’s replacement. That was even before people knew there was such a thing as a hybrid surgery. I would think that Ransom it will be.

    I’m happy that Ransom will be getting the shot. I’ve been in the camp that believed the Yankees could get by by staying in the system.

    I know I’m leaving myself wide open by making this statement, but there is definitely something wrong with me. Despite anyone’s temptation to run with this, I will at least explain what I mean by it. No matter what team loses a baseball game, except for the Red Sox, I always feel bad for the losing team. In the WBC I feel bad for Panama. Today as happy as I was that the Yankees won, I felt bad that we were destroying Detroit.

    I wish I had more killer in me and less pity when it comes to those things.

    Is all.

  74. searay March 8th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Making a trade makes no sense. The Yankees won a World Series with Charlie Hayes at third. They sure the hell can make it a month into this season with Ransom at third.

  75. jake March 8th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    86w183
    March 8th, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    Scott Brosius hit .300 19 HR,98 RBI his first year with the Yankees. Ransom would need about 800 AB to hit 19 HR.

    And what did he hit the next two seasons?
    Geez…some of you are so lame.

  76. Old(Brittany doesn't wear panties!!!)YanksFan March 8th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Chone Figgins has a career OPS/OPS+ of .740/96.
    His defensive UZR ratings for LF/CF/RF are -6, -6.9, -6.6. Defensively, he is only above average at 3B. He is versatile and a good bench player and can fill in at 3B in a pinch. Last year his OPS was .685. You really want to PAY for a below average defensive CFer with a .700ish OPS?

    His VORP at 3B last year was 4.7. And that is above REPLACEMENT (someone from AAA), not average. Forget about the OF.

    If he were CHEAP, he would be OK to fill in for ARod, ONLY because he would then be a decent bench player. But this
    guy is not a starter, and nobody you want to give up much for.

  77. Old(Brittany doesn't wear panties!!!)YanksFan March 8th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    The Yanks also won in 2000, when Scott Brosious posted an OPS+ of 70. SEVENTY!

  78. Glenn March 8th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    searay
    March 8th, 2009 at 6:59 pm
    Making a trade makes no sense. The Yankees won a World Series with Charlie Hayes at third. They sure the hell can make it a month into this season with Ransom at third.
    …………………..
    It was a whole different scenario for the AL East in 1996 and completely different circumstances. The Rays didn’t exist and Boston was a non-factor.

  79. Rob from NJ March 8th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Cody Ransom, although he has potential, is really nothing more than a good edition to the bench. Here are a couple of options that I thought of that would make sense for the Yankees now that A-Rod is out.

    1. Trade Matsui and Swisher/Nady for Adrian Beltre – Beltre is an All-Star 3rd baseman, meaning that it would not be necessary to move anyone to that position. On top of that, he’s a sure handed glove and 20+ HR hitter. When A-Rod returns, switch him and Beltre for DH, giving A-Rod less stress while rehabbing his hip.

    Potential Lineup (Without A-Rod): Damon, Jeter, Tex, Beltre, Posada, Nady/Swisher, Cano, Ransom, Gardner.

    Potential Lineup (With A-Rod): Damon, Jeter, Tex, A-Rod, Beltre, Posada, Nady/Swisher, Cano, Gardner.

    2. Further establish pitching staff- If the Yankees are not willing to sign for another bat, we need to make sure that our bullpen is solidified. With that being said, Chad Cordero (27) who has saved 128 in 6 years is a free agent.

    Let me know what you think.

  80. 86w183 March 8th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Jake—

    Sorry you think its lame when someone points out the absurdity of your points.Cody Ransom is a long way from Brosius

    Brosius averaged 16 HR and 70 RBI with the Yanks. Cody Ransom has hit seven HR in his life. Sure they can survive with Ransom for a few weeks, but why would they? Acquiring a legit major leaguer at a reasonable price makes a helluvalot more sense than crossing our fingers and hope a career journeyman can suddenly become a productive player.

  81. 2009 Yankees March 8th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Anyone suggesting trading for another STARTING 3rd basemen is CRAZY. If they want to get a utility guy, then that’s fine but trading for Teahan, Figgins, Beltre or any of those guys is just INSANE.

  82. 86w183 March 8th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    2009 —

    Teahen isn’t a starting 3B, he’s a part-time 3B, part time OF who is expensive depth for Kansas City but affordable depth for the Yankees. I’m not just looking at him for the first month, but as a guy who could let Alex DH against LHP who have pretty much owned Matsui since 2005. I have only advocated for him or Wigginton.

    I completely agree that dealing for a full-time 3B would be a waste of assets. Teahen doesn’t fit that category.

  83. JF March 9th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    We have a surplus of outfielders. Why not use the preseason to reacquaint Nady with third base? Maybe you still have Ransom start, but what would it hurt to let Nady play there a few spring-training games?

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