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New York Yankees Monitoring Infield Trade Market; Could Pursue White Sox’ Gordon Beckham, Brewers’ Rickie Weeks: Report

February 26th, 2014 at 1:57 PM
By Doug Rush

The infield of the New York Yankees has a lot of questions surrounding it before the 201 regular season kicks off in April.

Alex Rodriguez is suspended for the entire 2014 season due to the fallout of the Biogenesis case and he dropped his lawsuit to get his suspension overturned, so he won't be an option. Robinson Cano departed this past December via free agency and signed with the Seattle Mariners on a 10-year, $240 million deal, so he also is gone.

Replacing them is Kelly Johnson who played last year on the Tampa Bay Rays, but is only a left-handed hitter and struggles against lefty pitching, and Brian Roberts, long-time member of the Baltimore Orioles, who has yet to show that he can stay healthy for a full season in almost five years, so it makes sense for the Yankees to have extreme doubts if they can produce and are looking at options to help the team.

George King of the New York Post has reported that the Yankees are exploring the trade market for infielders and could potentially deal some of their surplus in catching depth for infield help this spring.

"With major question marks at second (Brian Roberts) and third (Kelly Johnson), Yankees scouts are putting a heavy spring training emphasis at looking for infielders as well as relievers. The Yankees could deal Cervelli, who is out of options, or Romine, or Murphy. The Yankees, who gave the 21-year-old Sanchez $3 million to sign as a 16-year old, view him as a future everyday major league catcher."

During Tuesday's 8-3 win over Florida State at George Steinbrenner Field, scouts from the Chicago White Sox were in attendance and are interested in some of the Yankees catching and could look to acquire one of Austin Romine, Francisco Cervelli or J.R. Murphy. King said that Gordon Beckham could interest the Yankees in a trade.

Beckham came up with the White Sox in 2009 as a third basemen, but was transitioned over to second base, but it might take more than just a catcher to make Chicago pry Beckham away in a deal. The 27-year-old hit .267 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 103 games last year for the White Sox.

The one other player that the Yankees are interested in is Milwaukee Brewers second basemen Rickie Weeks, who has fallen out of favor with the team and will likely be beaten out for the starting job by Scooter Gennett, so he will likely be put on the trading block really soon and could interest the Yankees.

The 31-year-old former All Star Weeks hit just .209 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in 104 games for the Brew Crew last season and has been disappointing over the last two years and also makes $11 million this season with an $11.5 million vesting option next season, so he might not be the most attractive option out on the market, but he's an option to consider if the Yankees feel like they need to make a deal given with what they have on the roster.

While Johnson might be able to prove that he can stay healthy and last the season, Roberts has not been a healthy option, and thus, why the Yankees are looking to add depth and potentially, a starter to the team.



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Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Baseball, Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Rickie Weeks, Robinson Cano

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