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It's hard to argue with the Yankees' decision not to hand out a 10-year contract to Robinson Cano.
For a reminder of just how poorly such lengthy deals work out, all the club has to do is look to Alex Rodriguez. The problem, however, is that the options to replace the five-time All-Star are less than compelling.
So far, the Yankees have brought in Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts to take over at second base. As Quinn Roberts of MLB.com writes, "Barring any other big moves, Roberts could wind up being the Yankees' primary second baseman in 2014 if he stays healthy."
Staying healthy will be a lot to ask from Roberts next year. Over the past four campaigns, the 36-year-old has averaged just 48 games per season. However, Roberts' former manager Buck Showalter believes the veteran will produce in the Bronx, as he explained to Joel Sherman of the New York Post:
We are going to miss him. He is competitive...You saw glimpses [last year] of what everyone used to see, and I believe it is still there. He takes very good care of himself. He has something left. I'd be surprised if he didn't do well for the Yankees. And I mean that.
If the Roberts acquisition doesn't work out, the Yankees' best option would be to turn to the trade market. As Sherman notes, Howie Kendrick, Brandon Phillips and Rickie Weeks are among the available names, but all come with high price tags.
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