With all the injuries the New York Yankees have suffered during this Spring Training, just about any player that is released or is still on the free agent market is a candidate to join the team. This week alone, the names of Derek Lee, Carlos Lee and the recently retired Chipper Jones have been thrown around as possible solutions to the Yankees corner infield issues. Today there are reports that the team will take a look at recently Toronto Blue Jays ex-prospect David Cooper.
The 17th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Cooper has played 72 games at the major league level for the Blue Jays over the past two seasons. In those 72 games, he’s hit a for a combined .270 average with six homeruns, 23 RBI and 25 runs scored. The left-handed hitting and throwing first baseman has played in 517 games over five minor league seasons. In those years, he compiled a .301 batting average with 54 homeruns, 343 RBI and 278 runs scored. He has his best seasons in 2010 playing AA ball and 2011 in AAA. In 2010, he had a career high 20 homeruns and 78 RBI and in 2011 he posted a career high .364 average and .439 on-base percentage.
Cooper’s 2012 season ended after he suffered a back injury that has not healed. It is possible that the injury may even end Cooper’s career. Whatever the case, Cooper doesn’t seem to be an immediate answer to the Yankees first base problem with Mark Teixeira on the shelf. Also, there are reports the Blue Jays may chose to resign Cooper with thoughts of bringing him onboard for the 2014 season.