With Alex Rodriguez‘s upcoming hip surgery a solid backup infielder is more important than ever for the Yankees and they are leaving no stone unturned in their search. Which brings them to Yunel Escobar.
There seems to be some disagreement with their level of interest though. Jayson Stark of ESPN and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports are saying that the Yankees are interested, however ESPN’s Buster Olney said they are not in on him.
What likely happened is that Yankees GM Brian Cashman called the Marlins to check on his price tag since they seem so eager to dump him. Cashman maybe likes him, maybe not, but he’ll probably look into some other options first and if nothing fits then he could potentially go back to the Marlins. Don’t expect something imminent to happen though.
The Yankees also really like Jeff Keppinger for the utility infielder position and at the very least will wait to see what happens to him. If he, and other options, come off the board then they could potentially turn their interest on Escobar.
Escobar is coming off a rough season and I’m not even talking about the controversy he stirred up. He hit just .253/.300/.344 in 145 games last season which is low even for a utility infielder. He does have solid career numbers at .282/.353/.390 so this could potentially be a chance to buy low on a team desperate to move him though. He does have experience at short, second, and third.