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New York Yankees 2015; Who’s on Third?

August 23rd, 2014 at 10:15 PM
By Mike Warsaw

The New York Yankees went into the season with Kelly Johnson as their starting third baseman and the question is who will be at the hot corner to start 2015? The Yankees have a couple of choices available, but who will be there everyday third baseman next season? The obvious candidates are, a returning Alex Rodriguez, Martin Prado and Chase Headley.

Rodriguez who will be coming back after a year long suspension by Major League Baseball, will turn 40 next season. Martin Prado, was once considered the heir apparent at third to Chipper Jones in Atlanta, may be more valuable as a second baseman or hybrid-utility type. Chase Headley will be a Free Agent this winter, and will the Yankees look to re-sign the 30 year old veteran?

The Free Agent market for next season is fairly thin, but if they choose that route they could look to sign Pablo Sandavol, Casey McGehee and possibly Aramis Ramirez, who has team option for 2015. With many infield questions next season, the Yankees may look to keep what they have, and that may be the best answer for them.

If Rodriguez can make a successful return, he could possibly play third with some consistency. That would allow Prado to play primarily at second. If A-Rod can't play third regularly, then Prado could slide over to third and A-Rod would be used as the primary DH. The problem with Prado going to third is that it would leave a void at second. Most likely, the Yankees will have prospect Rob Refsnyder and Prado compete for the second base job in Spring Training.

With all that in play, signing Chase Headley may be a good option for New York. The fact that Headley was dealt from San Diego with out re-signing, will make him much more affordable. With the soft Free Agent market for next season, Headley may be the best option for the Yankees.

Headley was known as one of the best defensive third baseman in the National League and he has shown in his time in New York, that he is a capable first baseman. With the uncertainty of Mark Teixeira's health for 2015, Headley could be a solid contributor for the Yankees next season.

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