After all, Nunez would be the perfect platoon compliment for Eric Chavez at third base. While Chavez has had a good year overall, he is hitting a pathetic .216/.225/.216 against lefties since he joined the Yankees. Meanwhile, Nunez has hit .287/.327/.427 against them over the same time.
However, that’s not what Brian Cashman was thinking. The Yankees GM told George King of the NY Post that they no longer want him playing multiple positions and view him as a shortstop only.
It’s really not the end of the world though because sticking to one position only may be the best way for Nunez to improve defensively. Meanwhile Cashman will scour the market for another third baseman while he uses Jayson Nix as the right handed portion of the platoon (he has hit .275/.302/.451 against lefties so far this year).
If the Yankees can’t swing a trade for a stopgap and decide that they don’t want to stick with Nix then they have two interesting options already on the 40-man roster in Brandon Laird and David Adams.
Laird has been hot lately (.306/.358/.588 in July) and he hits lefties well (.302/.346/.509 overall in 2012). Although he’s not strong defensively and can’t hit righties at all. Adams is a better overall hitter, has been even hotter in July (.410/.471/.526), and hits lefties very well (.353/.395/.544). His major drawbacks are that he hasn’t played above the Double-A level while Laird actually has some MLB experience and Adams has only played at third 15 times in his entire career.