Should the New York Yankees be worried about their third base situation now?
The free-agent market looked to have plenty of capable third basemen available to fill in while Alex Rodriguez recovers from surgery on his left hip. But two players that fit the versatile, lower-cost profile that the Yankees are looking for were snatched off the shelf on Thursday.
Jeff Keppinger agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, as reported by ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine. That took one option away from the Yankees.
Another one got away when Eric Chavez signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Yankees likely didn't want to give a three-year contract to any player, especially one who would be a short-term replacement and eventual utility infielder. So losing out on Keppinger is understandable.
But Chavez signing with another team is baffling, considering he signed a one-year contract.
Perhaps the $3 million salary was more than the Yankees wanted to pay. But even with the team wanting to keep costs low in anticipation of the 2014 luxury tax threshold, did the Yanks think they could get a third baseman for less money?
Making matters worse, the Yankees also lost out on an outfielder that suited them well. Nate Schierholtz signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.