With second baseman Chase Utley out indefinitely with injuries to both knees, the Philadelphia Phillies are now looking for a replacement. One player they are showing interest in is New York Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena, reports George A. King III of the New York Post.
The Phillies plan to start Freddy Galvis at second base, but are looking to strengthen the team's depth with a solid back up behind him. Pena, who was sent down to the Yankees minor league camp on Sunday, is seen as an intriguing target by Philadelphia because of New York's strong infield depth keeping him in the minors.
Pena, 26, has spent three seasons in pinstripes, but saw his playing time decrease dramatically last season as he lost his role as back up infielder to Eduardo Nunez. In 23 games, he batted .100 with a home run and four RBI.
For his career, the switch-hitting utility man has a .233 batting average with 32 RBI and 40 runs scored in 177 games played.
Pena is best known for his fielding ability. His primary position was shortstop throughout his minor league career, but he has split time at shortstop, third base, and second base during his tenure with the Yankees.
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