Heyman: Yankees likely to use Refsnyder / Ackley platoon at 2B


After a long season of ‘The Stephen Drew Experiment’, the Yankees are ready to part ways with Drew and try a different approach to second base, a position they haven’t successfully filled since Robinson Cano went to the Seattle Mariners following the 2013 season.

The question is, who will replace Drew at second base? Would the Yankees go into the 2016 season with a second basemen by free agency? By trade? Or would they stick with the pieces they have and try to fill second base that way? According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees are more interested in filling the hole internally, and they might do so using Rob Refsnyder and Dustin Ackley.

Now, the Yankees like options such as Ben Zobrist and Martin Prado, both which could be acquired by free agency/trade, but the Yankees would rather not give up players that could help their quest for a 28th World Series Championship next season.

The Yankees are still iffy about Refsnyder’s defense, but they think it will iron itself out in time. Both Refsnyder and Ackley were impressive offensively; Refsnyder hit .302/.348/.512 with two home runs and five RBI’s in 16 games while Ackley hit .288/.333/.654 with four home runs and 11 RBI’s in 23 games.

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7 Responses to Heyman: Yankees likely to use Refsnyder / Ackley platoon at 2B

  1. Balt Yank says:

    That's great. Prado may be worth having as a supersub to spell 3B, SS, 1B, and 2B (if Ackley or Ref get hurt).

  2. Terry says:

    Why not take that combo?Both can hit and I still think Ref is the 2nd base of the future.The kid showed he could play.He's still has to work on his D but I don't recall any E's during his last stint,during a playoff push.We have roughly what,12.5 mill or so coming off the books this year so the Yanks could take on Prado or Ben Z. as versatile players.Ben is a pretty good RH stick but I wouldn't go more than 2-3 years tops

  3. tom says:

    Do Yankees promise that?

  4. hotdog says:

    Why platoon Refsnyder…give him a chance to work with the hitting coach to improve the split…if he is going to be a Yankee 2nd baseman with a future, they need to see if the split changes…and if you take a look at his career stats vs. righties and lefties, it's hard to tell who he struggles against…this year at AAA, it was lefties…the year before he hit over .344 against lefties…give the kid a chance…

  5. Michael R says:

    Definitely give Ref the opportunity to be the everyday player.

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