The Yankees have just lost Mark Teixeira for the season and are now going to be scrambling to find a replacement for his position or for other positions to make up for the impact bat they are losing. A potential trade partner has surfaced to help the Yankees do just that.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Philadelphia Phillies could be trade partners with the Yankees. He specifically mentions that Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young could be of interest for the Yankees.
With Teixeira gone, the Yankees need to fill his spot quickly. He was gone for most of the year with a wrist injury, but his presence was really felt when he came back. Teixeira added a presence to that lineup that hadn't been felt all year and now that presence is gone. Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz are interesting names for the Yankees. The Yankees desperately need a catcher. Ruiz can fill that spot and the best part is that he is cheap. His contract right now is for four years, $13.35 million, so that won't be a problem for the Yankees. He isn't playing the best baseball right now, but he is just coming off of injury, so he should heat up eventually. Michael Young is not a young guy anymore, but he could still help the Yankees out. He is a veteran who has pretty much seen it all and can be a leader in the Yankees clubhouse. Every team needs guys like Young.
Both Young and Ruiz would be good additions to the Yankees. They are experienced and still play good baseball. On they year, Ruiz is hitting .257 with no home runs and three RBI's. Not jaw dropping stats at all. Young is hitting .284 with four home runs and 18 RBI's. Young would step in at third base and fill a need for the Yankees. He would be an immediate upgrade for them. While both of these guys are not in their prime anymore, they are more than capable enough to fill in and still play a big roll for their teams. Young may be a better option than "Chooch," but both would be solid additions for the contending Yankees.
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