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 Nunez: Nunez (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 Reynolds: Yankees could re-sign Reynolds for his power bat for a relatively cheap price. His only issue is he strikes out a lot.
5. Michael Young: Yankees 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 Jeter: This 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.