Who will Emerge as the Yankees' First Baseman

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IFebruary 20, 2008

Arguably the greatest mystery for the Yankees coming into spring training is who will be starting at first base?

With a plethora of candidates for the position, the Yankees have a big choice to make. Here are the candidates:

Jason Giambi

While he is, by far, the most accomplished hitter of the group as well as the biggest name, his defense is absolutely horrific. The Yankees may feel tempted to start him at first due to the over-crowdedness at the DH slot, but Giambi would have to dramatically improve his defense as well as his health to win the job full- time.

Shelly Duncan

I honestly consider him the favorite to win the job. Call me crazy, but I truly believe it. Shelly came onto the scene with a bang last year, coming from out of nowhere to becoming a powerful hitter off the bench. If last year wasn’t just a fluke (and it wasn’t), I can see Shelly hitting 20-30 homers for the Yanks this year. You’ll see.

Wilson Betemit

A good-hitting utility guy who just recently learned to play first. He could see some time there, but I feel like the Yankees would have play him primarily as a backup given his utility abilities in the field.

Morgan Ensberg

Arguably the biggest wild card of the bunch. Just a few years ago he was a star third baseman, but after losing his grove, he’s trying out for the Yankees’ first base job. If he could somehow return to his former stardom, the Yankees may have found themselves a serious free agent steal.