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MLB Injury News:
The New York Yankees have turned to the free agent market in
their search for a corner infielder to help replace injured regulars Alex
Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The team has reached out to free agent first
baseman Derrek Lee and third baseman Scott Rolen, while it’s even contacted the
agent of former Atlanta Braves All-Star Chipper Jones.
General manager Brian Cashman told reporters, including Jack Curry of The Yes Network, that he views Lee as a “Yankee type” because of his
approach and makeup. It’s not clear if Lee has interest in joining New York, as
the veteran hasn’t played in the majors since 2011.
Cashman has also investigated former Cincinnati Reds third
baseman Scott Rolen as an option, according to Curry. Rolen has already turned
down $4 million offers from the Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason,
and he reportedly wants guaranteed money and playing time in order to return
for the 2013 campaign.
New York was apparently serious in their interest in Chipper
Jones, who announced his retirement following the 2012 season. While the third
baseman was flattered, he also got a “good chuckle” out of the news of the
Yankees’ interest, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
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