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.