The New York Yankees always seem to be in on all MLB rumors even if they show an interest in a player or not. Now, with Alex Rodriguez out until September and Mark Teixeira headed for an MRI after injuring his wrist against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night, the Yankees might have to act soon if they think the news on Teixeira is going to be bad.
Almost as soon as Rodriguez went down with a broken wrist after being hit by a Felix Hernandez changeup, the Yankees were being linked to San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley. Headley is a rare trade piece for this time of year given the fact that he is under team control for two more years. That fact also increases the asking price for the San Diego Padres who have yet to commit to trading their third baseman.
It was thought the Padres would shop closer Huston Street and outfielder Carlos Quentin. Instead, they re-signed both players. The Padres are said to be asking for quite a bit in return for Headley and it is thought the Yankees contacted the Padres to check in on him but balked at the asking price. However, if Teixeira is going to be out for an extended period the Yankees might have no choice but to meet the Padres at least somewhere near their asking price.
Headley would be an intriguing addition for the Yankees as he could become part of a third/first base rotation with Jayson Nix and Eric Chavez and then take over in right field next year if Nick Swisher leaves. However, Brian Cashman did go out and acquire Ichiro Suzuki last week and could be content leaving him in right field while continuing to employ an Andruw Jones/Raul Ibanez rotation in left field and putting Swisher at first base.
Headley might be the most impactful bat left on the market in that he has upside, is reasonably priced, and can play multiple positions. However, the Padres might be asking too much for Headley and that might prohibit Cashman from pulling the trigger on any deal.
If the Yankees decide to stay in house, Brandon Laird, who has a brief cup of coffee in the Major Leagues, could be an option. He has shown dramatic improvement over the past couple of weeks with the bat at AAA and could be an option to join the Chavez/Nix rotation at third and first.
There are less than sixteen hours left until the trade deadline. The Yankees should find out before then the severity of Mark Teixeira’s injury giving Cashman enough time to pull the trigger on a deal if needed. Until then, expect the Yankees to be in several MLB rumors as the clock ticks down to the non-waiver trade deadline.