Alex Rodriguez Rumors: Top 5 Yankees Third Base Targets If A-Rod Is Traded
After one of the most disappointing showings the New York Yankees have ever had in the postseason, the speculation of what the offseason will bring in the Bronx is in full force, with the situation regarding Alex Rodriguez getting much of the attention.
Rumors of a potential trade to Miami first reported by Keith Olbermann have been making their rounds, and while there doesn't appear to be anything to them, that doesn't mean that a move couldn't happen.
Rodriguez has a full no-trade clause and it sounds like he'd exercise it if a trade came his way, but that doesn't always end up being the case when all is said and done.
Should A-Rod somehow find his way out of New York this offseason, here are some names that could potentially be in the mix as a replacement.
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Coming off a gruesome ankle injury that sidelined him for half the 2012 season, Stephen Drew played in only 79 games this year between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Oakland Athletics.
He batted only .223 in those appearances, but drove in 44 runs. With an average of 15 home runs and 66 RBI during his first four seasons in the league, the 29-year-old could still have his best days ahead of him.
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After being sent out of Boston prior to the All-Star break, Kevin Youkilis turned around his season with the Chicago White Sox, nearly leading the team to a postseason appearance.
He has a $13 million option for the 2013 season, though if they opt to decline his paycheck in favor of the $1 million bonus, he could very well have a number of suitors in waiting.
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Having played for seven teams already during his major league career, Ty Wigginton is no stranger to new scenery.
His most recent venture saw him spending time with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he batted .235 with a .314 on-base percentage.
At 36, Wigginton wouldn't represent a long-term solution in New York, but has the ability to play anywhere in the infield and could be a useful tool.
There were a number of big acquisitions made this summer prior to the trade deadline, but with just three teams left to contend for a World Series title, the Giants' acquisition of Marco Scutaro could prove to be the biggest.
Scutaro has been phenomenal since coming over to San Francisco, batting .362 with 44 RBI in 61 games.
His stock will no doubt be high this offseason when he enters free agency, and though he's already 36 he could represent a viable option for the Yankees over the next couple years.
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Earlier this season, the Yankees were said to be one of a number of teams in the picture on Chase Headley as his name emerged in trade talks.
They may not have been interested enough to make a deal at the time, but if A-Rod ends up finding his way out of the Bronx in some way, his name could come back into play.
Headley is under team control until 2015, so it's likely he'd come at somewhat of a cost, though his solid offense (.286 BA, .376 OBP) would help the Yanks add depth as they lead into a new season.