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.”