Since the Yankees lucked out on both Robinson Cano and Omar Infante, they could shift their attention towards the trade market for a second basemen to platoon with Kelly Johnson–and it looks like the Cubs could be suitors.
According to a tweet from Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com, the Yankees reportedly have an interest in Darwin Barney. Now, while the Yankees have an interest in Barney, it’s important to mention that Barney did not have a good season.
In 2013, he hit .208/.266/.303 in 501 plate appearances, so right off the bat you know if the Yankees do the trade, Brett Gardner (who is the Yankees most valuable trade piece) wouldn’t be the candidate to go to the Cubs. It would probably have to be Ichiro Suzuki (who also has some trade value, although limited) or Vernon Wells (who has little to no trade value and I’m just dreaming right now).
Honestly, there are better choices in the free agent market. There’s Michael Young (who has a good glove, is a veteran who has good clubhouse presence and can still hit for power). If the Yankees are going to platoon a player, they might as well sign a one-year contract to Young. As a wise baseball writer once said (cough, Joel Sherman, cough). “There’s no such thing as a bad one-year contract.”