Who plays 3B in 2014?

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In 2013, the Yankees used multiple third basemen because of injuries and Alex Rodriguez‘s recovery from hip surgery. The Yankee that played the most third base in 2013 was a player that makes far less than Rodriguez, yet was there when the injury bug hit, before falling to injuries himself: Jayson Nix.

There were so many questions as to who was going to play third base coming into Spring Training last year and this year it’s the same circumstance due to Rodriguez’s looming suspension. The Yankees are plugging in Rodriguez to be their Opening Day third baseman, but Major League Baseball could get in the way of that, finding a way to keep A-Rod off the diamond due to his involvement in the Biogensis scandal. As the A-Rod saga continues, now would be a good time to wonder who could play 3B for the Yankees on April 1, 2014.

1. Alex Rodriguez: Pending his suspension doesn’t get in the way of him being on the field, A-Rod could be the Opening Day third baseman.

2. Eduardo NunezNunez (from my opinion and observation) seems to play third base better than he plays shortstop. He seems to make less errors at third base. That’s the good news. The bad news is, Nunez was incredibly streaky last season with his bat.

3. Jayson Nix: I normally wouldn’t have Nix as the starting third baseman. He’s more of a backup, and judging from last season, he seems to tire out when he’s overexposed.

4. Mark ReynoldsYankees could re-sign Reynolds for his power bat for a relatively cheap price. His only issue is he strikes out a lot.

5. Michael YoungYankees could sign Michael Young to a one-year deal, especially since he was a name that was connected to the Yankees as the trade deadline came to an end last season.

6. Derek JeterThis is the most unlikely scenario to happen but there have been rumblings around the media suggesting Jeter could play 3B if his ankle can’t hold him up at shortstop. Again, I don’t think this scenario is going to happen but sometimes it’s good to think outside the box.

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17 Responses to Who plays 3B in 2014?

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    A-Rod will be suspended and Young is too old. Nix will play elsewhere next year.
    I see the club re-signing Reynolds, and perhaps backing him up with Austin or Mustelier, or Nunez as an emergency. But the time has come to admit that Nunez is not really a major leaguer, he's more of a 4A guy.
    Jeter is DONE as a SS. He's almost 40 and coming off ankle surgery. Enough already. It totally makes sense to try him at 3B, but he's a full time DH at this point. I'm sure he'll see some action at SS just to preserve the option of using him there should the team reach the World Series (that's how they think after all), but they should re-sign one of the best glove men in the game, Brendan Ryan.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I like your thinking. Ryan is an excellent fielder but the only issue is I'm worried about his bat. Maybe if he works with Kevin Long he can get a stroke going but other than that, I'd sign Ryan to be the SS if Jeter can't do it.

      • Clyde says:

        Lol Brendan Ryan? How bout we get Reid Bringac back and platoon them. And work with Kevin Long? That's hilarious. Ryan's been a Yankee what 5 mins and he's already getting praise. You people are funny.

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  2. Kevin S says:

    Agreed–Nice speech by Cash–no way Arod ever puts on a Yankee uniform again

  3. Michael R says:

    I agree that Ryan should be the full time SS and that Jeter (if he plays at all) should be at 3rd or DH. If Jeter can't play 3rd due to his ankle then it's a crapshoot. Use who you have and what you have and hope someone emerges.

  4. Clyde says:

    Such a bad article.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Thanks for the criticism. What part of the logical and a sensible article was "bad"?

  5. Clyde says:

    Jeter playing 3rd base? We both know he'd retire before that happens. He doesn't have the arm anymore.

    Mark Reynolds is not the answer. 210 hitter . He's streaky at best.

    And Brendan Ryan? Are you serious? I bet you were a Reid Bringac fen when he was here for a month.

    Any other good ideas?

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Okay, one…I said Derek Jeter most likely will NOT happen.

      Two, Mark Reynolds is a power bat that hits HR's and can drive in runs. He doesn't hit for average, he hits for power.

      Three, where on earth did I mention Brendan Ryan? His name is NOWHERE in the article.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      If anything, Brendan Ryan could play SS. He has a good glove that could help if Jeter can't play SS.

  6. mdean says:

    What about a trade for Chase Headley from the Padres for third base? Lefty hitter with an adequate glove- hes got some power.

  7. Clyde says:

    Brett Gardner and a few pitchers for Headley would be ideal.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      The Yankees aren't going to trade Brett Gardner, I really don't see that happening.

  8. Benzino says:

    Gardner should take over “seasoned veteran” status on the team. Get rid of everybody else and rebuild around him in center field

  9. EOJ says:

    Omar Infante is available, plays 2b and 3b, decent hitter, good glove, excellent bunter, gets a lot of walks, and he hustles..Plays hard…