When the Yankees signed Kelly Johnson over the offseason, they figured he would be the primary third basemen while Alex Rodriguez was on the restricted list and a part-time first basemen for the days Mark Teixeira needed to take a day-off. However, Yangervis Solarte had taken Johnson’s job at third and he hasn’t done well at first base defensively. With the trade deadline a month away, does that mean Johnson could be potential trade bait?
Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News lists the first basemen that could be on the trading block as the trade deadline approaches: The Washington Nationals’ Tyler Moore, the Pittsburgh Pirates Gabby Sanchez, the Philadelphia Phillies John Mayberry Jr., the Texas Rangers Mitch Moreland–and of course, Johnson.
Johnson’s primarily a second basemen, but he has played 23 games at first base this season. If the Yankees are considering trading Johnson, it wouldn’t be a wise move. Despite Solarte’s presence to the ball club, the infield depth is extremely thin, and all moving Johnson would do is expose that. If the Yankees do decide to deal Johnson (which again, I don’t think they should), he would be owed approximately $1.845 Million from the $3 Million deal he signed over the winter.