Source: Yankees ask Padres about trade for infielder

Logan Forsythe

The Yankees aren’t done with the offseason just yet, and they might make a move via trade.

The Yankees have recently inquired the San Diego Padres about the possibility of trading for some infield depth says Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi believes the most realistic target for a utility man would be Logan Forsythe. The Yankees would be unable to bring in someone such as Chase Headley because the farm system does not have enough pieces to swing a trade for Headley.

If the Yankees were able to acquire Forsythe, he could be a platoon player with Kelly Johnson against left handed pitching, although in Johnson’s career he’s had slightly better luck against southpaws than right handed pitching. Forsythe could also be insurance to Brian Roberts, who has seen his entire career at 2B.

From 2011-2013, Forsythe hit .241/.310/.349 and he’s swiped 11 bases in that time period. Although Forsythe had a good 2012 season with a .273/.343/.390 slash, he had some difficulty in 2013, hitting .214/.281/.332.

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18 Responses to Source: Yankees ask Padres about trade for infielder

  1. Balt Yank says:

    This story reminds me of last year. Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson, and Logan Forsythe are not solutions. If the Yanks don't have minor league players to trade for Chris Headley (hit 250, with 50 rbis in 2013), they have nothing. Play Jeter at 3rd, where his ankle will be taxed less, that 210 hitter we have at SS, Kelly Johnson / Brian Roberts at 2nd, and Tex at 1st and just live with it. I like Marc Reynolds. At least he might hit 20 homers in a full season.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Good idea but Derek Jeter would never play third. He has too much pride to switch positions.

      • Pride? They are not going to ask him to play 3rd naked. Cal Ripkin Jr. switched positions, they are both legends. It is not a demotion, As far as Forsythe is concerned, why? The Yanks have more "utility men" than Con Edison.

  2. Vin Giordano says:

    what bout jedd gyorko..padres dont need 2 second basemen…also they have a prospect whos suppose to take second base in a year or 2

  3. DKB says:

    It's not pride with jeter at this stage of his career, he just not suited to be a third basement. Coming off the injuries of last year and to learn another position puts us behind the curve. So less go into the season with jeter learning third base, a career 240 hitter in ryan at SS and what ever paltoon system at second base.Beside Cashmen looks at corner position as a position of power which jeter can not provide. If jeter is ready to play he is the glue for the rest of the infield.

    • So Derek Jeter can't "learn " another position", they are not trading him to the Giants to replace Eli Manning. I am sure putting Derek Jeter at third, a less taxing and athletic position would be beneficial for all involved.

      I can say with confidence that Cashman "looks" at the DH "as a position of power" and as it stands now Jeter will be doing plenty of that.

      You play with the hand you are dealt.

  4. Yankees fan says:

    I agree with DKB Jetter is not suited to play 3 rd they need to get Mark Reynolds or another 3 rd baseman that can hit decent.

  5. gametime2014 says:

    You really need to update your banner at the top of the page there. Mr. Gummy, retired, Mr. Met and the $240 million dollar man. : )

  6. firstbasecoach22 says:

    I always shudder when I hear utility man. All I read is guy who probably shouldn't be in the bigs but has somehow landed a part time gig.

  7. Willie Wonka says:

    The Yanks will solve the 2B issue once the Tanaka signs. If Tanaka goes with NY, Gardner is traded for a quality MI. If Tanaka goes somewhere else, the Yanks will look for an SP and live with their current 2B options. It all depends on what Tanaka does.

    • hotdog says:

      I don't see Gardner getting traded for a middle infielder…he's a free agent after 2014 so that reduces his value and the Yankees already have several middle infielders capable of platooning…i don't see any team trading away a solid infielder for Gardner unless they are overstocked…the Yankees should not use Gardner as a trade chip for another infielder…maybe a pitcher but we're not going to get a lot for him even with the interest he's getting…

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      I don't see the Yankees trading Gardner, especially now that Vernon Wells is out of the picture. If anything, the Yankees should lock up Gardner since he'll be the best outfielder on the market in 2014.

  8. Brett Gardner–if they value him so much, and are as excited as they claim with him and Elsbury hitting back to back, why not extend his contract NOW as he is up for arbitration? In this case, they won't do that because Gardner will be relatively cheap this season, ditto David Robertson……. have to keep that payroll down to pay Elsbury's absurd contract while keeping in place plan 189!

    Brian McCann was a great, albeit obvious move and Carlos Beltran was a good but "runner-up" deal since some of the Yankee faithful (also known as paying customers) were not thrilled to see the 2013 offensive output walk to Seattle. From the looks of things, they pretty much intend to stay with what they have (when is the last time they missed the play-offs 2 years in a row—-1992 and 1993 I believe) and be an 85 win team and a Wild Card tease. Even with that mess they call an infield, they should be able to contend, which is enough to draw comparatively well and stay under the 189. The HOPE for 2014 is for the Yanks to stay healthy, be within 5 games of first place at the end of August and THEN possibly add a Cliff Lee and/or Adrian Beltre. They will accomplish saving $$$$ (as in staying under 189) by only having to pay a third on big contracts on newbies the ilk of Lee and Beltre. In the meantime, they will do the usual and let Gardner and David Robertson become FA's because the Yankees don't negoitiate or lock-in FA's to be during the season.

    That looks like the Method of Operation to me……… Of course, this aging team could be battered, bleeding and 35 games out by August, and Hal will be making phone calls to Stump Merrill, Matt Nokes and Spike Owen..

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      The Brian McCann deal like you said was great, Beltran was all right….Ellsbury there was no need to sign, especially for $153 Million. That was an overpaid contract and although I'm sure Ellsbury will help (if he can keep himself on the field), that was too much money for a guy who relies on speed. Speed doesn't age well at all.I'm not sure what the Yankees were thinking there.

  9. Yankees fan says:

    Wait Adrian Beltre and Cliff Lee will be traded? Sweet! Yankees better do it.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      As much as I like Cliff Lee, I don't think he will ever be a Yankee. For one thing, he's old, another thing I don't think he likes NY or he would have signed here when he had the chance.

  10. JSkillet says:

    I'm a big fan of Cliff Lee and Beltre as much as the next guy..but I believe that in the next year or two..the Yankees should be looking into fielding positions with homegrown guys..Maybe thats just my being hopeful…but I believe we have some potential superstars in the making in our system that are going un-utilized.

  11. Yankees fan says:

    Adrian Beltre may indeed be old but 30 hrs a year if Beltre is traded the Yankees will be first in line and I would not blame them as for Cliff Lee it would be cool to see him as a Yankee but unfortunately he is old as mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 said.

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