In a move that shocked Yankees universe, Brian Cashman packaged infielder Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps and sent them to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones. The Yankees infield seemed ready to go for the 2015 season and with the acquisition of Chase Headley, it seemed Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela would be battling for a backup position. But if Spring Training began today, both Refsnyder and Pirela would be battling for the starting second base job.
“It’s a competition right now and I’ll evaluate any other opportunities that legitimately present themselves,’’ Brian Cashman said to the New York Daily News, “but clearly if spring training started today, that would be the competition.”
Of course, there’s still time for the Yankees to go into the free agent market and bring in a second basemen; Asdrubal Cabrera is the leading infielder on the market and the Yankees have reportedly been interested in him ever since they traded Prado yesterday. There was speculation the Yankees wouldn’t leave camp without a veteran second basemen since they question Refsnyder could handle the position in New York.
Refsnyder made a case that he could be a contender, hitting .318 with 17 HR’s and a .881 OPS. But his defense hasn’t exactly impressed scouts.
“His bat will play in the big leagues,” said a scout who saw a lot of Refsnyder last season. “But the defense is adequate at best. He’s improved a lot but he’s not smooth. He’s not a natural infielder.”
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