With the second base free agent market thin, the Yankees were previously linked to Mark Ellis ever since Omar Infante signed a four year deal with the Kansas City Royals. However, the Yankees now have to look elsewhere to find a second basemen.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals signed Mark Ellis for a one-year contract pending a physical. With the signing of Mark Ellis, the Yankees are losing options for second base. Of course they have Kelly Johnson, but realistically Johnson can’t play second base everyday.
The Yankees could look into free agency and acquire players such as Michael Young or Jayson Nix (a reunion of sorts), or they could look for one via trade; the Seattle Mariners are rumored to be interested in trading their second basemen Dustin Ackley since they acquired Robinson Cano.
What started as a great offseason for the Yankees quickly turned into one that was full of uncertainty. Sure, acquiring Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran was a good start–but unless those three are going to play second base and pitch along with their normal postions, then the Yankees are far from ready to compete.