Now that Alex Rodriguez is suspended for 162 games, the Yankees must figure out what to do about their vacant third base problem. There are plenty of options that the Yankees could take to replace A-Rod’s production. Here are some of the options that the Yankees should consider:
Sign Mark Reynolds- Reynolds joined the Yankees late last year and played pretty decent. He batted .236 with 6 home runs and 19 RBI’s with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He does have pop in his bat, but he strikes out frequently. Look for the Yankees to sign him.
Use Eduardo Nunez- Nunez has been very good to the Yankees and had produce for the Yankees. He is not a power hitter, he does not hit for average but he does gets on base. In the event if the Yankees could not get a well known player like Chase Headley, Nunez would be a temporary fit.
Sign Yuniesky Betancourt or Alex Gonzalez- Probably the most unlikely route that the Yankees would go since they signed Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson. Also, Michael Young could be on the Yankees radar. A one year deal would be likely for both sides.
Bring someone up from the Farm System- Lets face it, the Yankees do not have a great farm system. They do have some up and coming young players. One player that the Yankees should look at is Ronnier Mustelier. In 90 games in 2013, Mustelier hit .274/.321/.397 after hitting .314/.371/.488 the season before when he managed to stay on the field for 114 games. If the 29-year-old can put up numbers like he did in 2012, or even something close to that, he might be the Yankees’ best option at third base that they already have in their system. Might be the successor to A-Rod.