Well, the best remaining second baseman is off the market.
Buster Olney reports that Omar Infante has signed a four-year, $30-million deal with the Royals. That’s the length of contract Infante was said to be looking for this winter. Soon to be 32 years old, Infante is coming off the best year of his career. He hit .318/.345/.450 with Detroit last season, and you could argue he was both the best second baseman and the best third baseman remaining on the market.
Seemed like a natural fit for the Yankees, but they will instead look elsewhere for help in the infield. Unless Stephen Drew is willing to play a position other than shortstop, the free agent market doesn’t really have a standout at either second or third. Juan Uribe is legitimately one of the best options out there, which says more about the market than it says about Uribe.
Internally, the Yankees defensive wizard Brendan Ryan (who’s primarily a shortstop), left-handed hitter Kelly Johnson (who has some pop but fits better as a platoon utility type) and in-house wild card Eduardo Nunez (who’s struggled to give the Yankees enough consistency to win an everyday job).
At the Winter Meetings, Cashman said the market for second basemen was better than the market for third baseman. I wonder if he still feels that way now that Infante is off the board.