New York Yankees: 5 Options for the Bombers to Replace Mark Teixeira
By now, we've all heard the news of Mark Teixeira's latest injury.
According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees first basemen will miss eight to 10 weeks with a strained wrist.
Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks, Girardi said. He has a strained wrist.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) March 6, 2013
Teixeira's injury is just the latest in a long line, with the Yankees having been hit hard this spring.
Alex Rodriguez was already going to be out until July while recovering from hip surgery and Curtis Granderson suffered a broken forearm and is also out for eight to 10 weeks.
Meanwhile, Derek Jeter is trying to recover from the broken ankle he suffered back in October.
The Yankees offense is not looking too good right now.
With Teixeira's injury, the team not only loses a home-run threat, but a Gold Glove-caliber fielder as well.
According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees will look for alternatives to put at either first or third base, given that the team does have Kevin Youkilis on the roster who can play both.
With Teixeira out for 8-10 weeks, the Yankees will look at first baseman AND third baseman, then play Youkilis where they think it's best.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) March 6, 2013
Let's explore what options the Bombers have as far as a temporary replacement goes.
Aubrey Huff was limited to just 52 games in 2012, but he's still capable of playing first base.
Huff was a positive, veteran influence on the two Giants teams that won the World Series. However, with Brandon Belt developing, Huff's time in San Francisco was coming to an end.
Currently a free agent, the 36-year-old Huff could be an option at first. I'm not so sure about third base, considering he hasn't played it since he was with the Orioles in 2008.
Huff hit just .192 with one home run and seven RBI for the Giants in 2013.
Last summer, the Yankees tried to trade for Carlos Lee, but he induced his no-trade clause and rejected a deal to play for the Bronx.
In 147 games, Lee hit .264 with nine home runs and 77 RBI between the two teams in the National League.
The reason why Lee rejected the trade to the Yankees was due to the fact that he would have had to play third base, which he wasn't interested in doing.
With the Yankees needing a temporary first basemen, Lee could be a decent option for the Bombers until Teixeira gets back.
The 30-year-old Casey Kotchman has been all over baseball in his career.
In 2012, he last played for the Cleveland Indians, hitting .229 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI in 142 games for the Tribe.
Currently, Kotchman is a member of the Miami Marlins, but they are not expected to be a serious contender in 2013.
Kotchman is on a minor league deal with Miami. If the Marlins didn't have a use for him on their roster, he—and especially his glove—could certainly be useful to the Yankees.
Another player who is on a minor league contract with another team is Brandon Inge.
The 35-year-old Inge spent time with the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A's in 2012, hitting .218 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI.
Inge ended up being a good, veteran influence on the Oakland locker room and helped them in their quest for the 2012 A.L. West division title.
In 2013, Inge signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. If he doesn't make the team, the Yankees could certainly take a look at the former Tiger.
The former Philadelphia Phillies player latched on with the Miami Marlins for 2013.
Placido Polanco signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with Miami and is one of the highest-paid players on the team right now.
The Marlins, however, are not expected to compete for a shot at October in 2013 and Polanco could have some value to a team like the Yankees who need infield help.
When healthy, Polanco can still be a very good fielding third basemen, winning the Gold Glove Award back in 2011 with the Phillies.
The 37-year-old won't hit for a lot of power and never has in his career, but he can hit for contact and for average.