Who's taking over for Tex?Five who could be in the mix to replace an injured Mark Teixeira
More than a dozen deals have already been made in the last week, but there are a handful of players who could very well fit the Yankees needs if the price is right. Here is a primer on a few that could look good in pinstripes if Tex’s message isn’t a good one:
TY WIGGINTON: The Phillies are reportedly in unload mode, and Wigginton could be one of their more valuble commodities. He has played well defensively at first this season, has plenty of power (20+ homers in four of the last six seasons, nine in part time duty this year), and wouldn’t break the bank, as he is owed less than a million dollars for the remainder of the year and has a $4 million club option for 2013 that the Yankees could pick up or buy out for $500,000. In addition, he has the added versatility to play third base (22 games this year, 678 career) and both corner outfield spots.
PLACIDO POLANCO: Another possible departing Phillie, Polanco has manned the hot corner in Philly for the last three years, and in addition to being a solid hitter (.255 this year, .299 career), he is the defending NL Gold Glove winner at the hot corner and can also play second base as well. That doesn’t necessarily replace Teixeira, but Polanco’s addition would allow him to take over third base while A-Rod is also out and let Eric Chavez man first instead, and then he can slide into a utility bench role once everyone is healthy.
GREG DOBBS: The Marlins are also seemingly in unload mode, and Dobbs is very much like Wigginton. He’s not as powerful (just two homers this year), but he can also play third and the outfield, is hitting .293 this season in mostly pinch-hitting duty, and as a lefty, his power numbers could go up playing in Yankee Stadium. Dobbs is under contract through next season, but at roughly $500k this year and just $1.5 million next season, he could fill a role in 2013 similar to what Raul Ibanez was brought in to do in 2012.
YONDER ALONSO/JESUS GUZMAN: San Diego just doesn’t seem to have room for both men, and although their numbers (.268-5-37 for Alonso, .243-6-32 for Guzman) reflect that they play in a pitcher’s park, Guzman did hit .312 with the padres last season and Alonso hit .330 with five homers in 88 at-bats for the Reds in 2012. Alonso is a lefty and a free agent to be, but Guzman is older (28 vs. 25), has also played the outfield this year, and may be more available as a “rental.”
TODD HELTON: He’ll be 39 in three weeks, has played his whole career in a park where numbers may be inflated, and has battled injuries all season – but then again, Ichiro fits two-thirds of that mold, and with the Rockies in a full rebuild, they may be willing to give Helton a chance to go win a ring somewhere in a moment of “reverse Ray Bourque” karma for the city of Denver.
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