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A few notes and links on this quiet and snowy Saturday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

• According to Ken Rosenthal, Juan Uribe has signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers. You could make the case that Uribe was the best third baseman on the market, which means the best remaining third baseman and second baseman have come off the board in a matter of two days. It seems the Yankees had good reason for staying away from both Uribe (because of performance concerns) and Omar Infante (because of contract length), but even so, the options are getting thinner by the day.

• Out in Chicago, Bruce Levine wonders if the Yankees might explore a trade for Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney. Although they’re very different scenarios, I would kind of lump Barney into a similar situation as Brandon Phillips. In theory, Barney fills a need, but I’m not confident he’s going to have a good 2014 season. He can field, but he’s a career .246/.293/.336 hitter, and that level of production has been pretty steady through his big league career. That’s basically what Ichiro hit last year. And frankly, if the Yankees want an all-defense, no-hit second baseman, they have one in Brendan Ryan.

• If you have a subscription to Baseball American, you should check out John Manuel’s piece on the failures of the Yankees farm system. There’s not really any new information in there, but it’s a pretty comprehensive take on what’s put the Yankees in this position. I was emailed this follow-up story by John Sickels, who asks how you would fix the Yankees farm system. It’s a broad question with no easy answers because it requires knowledge that only comes with hindsight. I would say that the Yankees took a step toward trying something different in the summer when their first-round draft strategy clearly changed considerably toward older and more reliable position players.

Alex Rodriguez says the Yankees are going to miss Robinson Cano. Not exactly breaking any news there. Rodriguez also told reporters in the Dominican that he feels healthy and optimistic that he’ll be able to play next season. Should know for certain in a few weeks.

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