The Yankees are closing in on a minor-league deal with infielder Scott Sizemore, reports Ken Davidoff of the NY Post.
Sizemore has spent the past couple of seasons with the Oakland Athletics, but hasn’t spent regular time in the big leagues since 2011 when he played 93 games as their third baseman, hitting .249 in those games.
After Alex Rodriguez suspension announcement Saturday, the Yankees are now in need of a third baseman, though Sizemore isn’t a great option. Right now, Kelly Johnson figures to be the third baseman on Opening Day.
There has been interest in Mark Reynolds, however, Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reported Saturday night that the Yankees have only offered him a minor-league deal, which he won’t accept, making a re-signing with him unlikely.
Michael Young has also been drawing interest from the Yankees, along with Reynolds, says ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand.
Sizemore will likely be competing for the third base job in Spring Training. Besides third, he can also play at second base, making him slightly versatile, just like every other infielder on the roster, seemingly.
The Yankees have been wondering all offseason if they will need to sign a third baseman, and while they have been keeping tabs on a few player, they hadn’t been able to get too involved with players until getting some more clarity with Rodriguez, which they got with his full season suspension.