Late Monday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced they had suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season for violating MLB’s drug policies. We don’t know when or how bad MLB plans to handle Alex Rodriguez, but we do know that something is coming, and as reports have surfaced, MLB has much more evidence on Rodriguez than they did on Braun.
Rodriguez was supposed to make his season debut either Monday or Tuesday while the New York Yankees are in Arlington to face the Texas Rangers, but a Grade 1 quad strain has pushed back his debut, possibly enough for MLB to hand out their suspension without Rodriguez ever hitting the field.
But even if Rodriguez is able to come back and play once his quad fully heals, the Yankees can and should do something to upgrade at third base and acquire a player who isn’t coming off his second hip surgery, isn’t 38-years-old and doesn’t have a world of PED rumors swirling around him.
Yankees’ third basemen this year have provided almost nothing. With a combined four home runs from two different players — two from David Adams and two from Kevin Youkilis — who aren’t even on the Yankees’ roster at the moment, while batting .218 with a league-worst 27 RBIs.
While I don’t know if Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has contacted every single team about every third baseman in the league, I do know that he has checked around, but the options have been anything but available to the Yankees.
The Yankees, along with other teams, have checked with the Philadelphia Phillies about Michael Young. Young, in my opinion, is a good fit for the Yankees. He can play around the diamond, serves as another right-handed bat and would come at a relatively cheap price. The only problem is that the Phillies have given no indication to teams that they’re ready to sell.
As reported a few days ago, the Yankees even contacted the San Diego Padres about Chase Headley. Again, Headley is a good player and is a switch-hitter who the Yankees could really use in their lineup. But the only problem is that the Padres have no interest at all in dealing Headley, and it would require a very enticing deal for something to happen.
Another bat to look at it Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez. He’s a players who teams have been watching, but Ramirez has been on the DL, dealing with knee problems and likely wouldn’t be traded until after the non-waiver deadline on July 31.
The trade deadline is still over a week away, and as we all know, anything can happen between now and then. The Yankees might not be big spenders like they once were, but it’s time to acquire a bat who can help avoid anymore scoreless nights — like the three-hit shutout they endured on Monday.