The Yankees still have Chase Headley at third base, and last season, he wasn’t exactly spectacular. The Yankees had Mark Teixeira at first, and while he had injury and a bit of slow down, he did very well defensively and his bat came to life near the end of the season. But now he’s retired.
His replacement at first will most likely be Greg Bird and Tyler Austin who have both proven they can play with the big boys, but when it comes to third base… I don’t love Headley there day in and day out. While I would rather have Ronald Torreyes there, he is better as our utility because he can play anywhere in the infield. And so, you gotta wonder who could be a solid back up… primarily at 3rd base next season.
FOX Sports had a great nugget about a great player to do just that. It’s Luis Valbuena of the Houston Astros… a soon to be free agent.
“Impending free agent utilityman Luis Valbuena could help solidify the New York Yankees thin corner infield picture for next season…30-year-old infielder Luis Valbuena of the Houston Astros is largely flying under the radar as a free agent target despite his fourth straight solid season. With the New York Yankees short on veteran power bats and infield depth, Valbuena could be a fit for the club this winter.”
Not bad. Over the last 2 years with the Astros, he’s hit 38 home runs, alittle pop. He’s 30 years old, so we’d also be getting alittle younger as opposed to 32 year old Headley, and he’s a bit more athletic, although, you gotta wonder if that hammy would linger. Doubtful, but possible.
At any rate, a great idea, and something I can definitely get on board with.
Enjoy your Tuesday.