Plan A: Chase Headley
For all intents and purposes, Headley had an awful season in 2015. While it was difficult to ever imagine him hitting anywhere near 31 home runs like he did in 2012 for the San Diego Padres, Headley couldn’t even crack the .700 OPS mark. On top of that, he made 23 errors at third, by far the worst mark of his career. The Yankees signed him for four years and $52 million following the 2014 season, with most of that money predicated on his ability to play Gold Glove defense and produce a respectable on-base percentage. Personally, I was expecting a Scott Brosius-type player, one who could scoop a ground ball with his bare hand and fire a dart to first, while being a marginal offensive hitter. Let’s just say Headley has some work to do this season. But even if he doesn’t improve, the Yankees don’t have much of a plan B at the moment.
Plan B: Ronald Torreyes and Rob Refsnyder (?)
Which leads me to plan B. If Headley was to go down with a major injury tomorrow, the Yankees starting third baseman would be the well-known Torreyes … that was a joke actually. Torreyes is the player the Yankees chose over Refsnyder for the utility infielder role on the roster. Mainly a shortstop, the right-handed hitter has produced a total of seven big-league at-bats, but his minor league career leaves a more favorable impression. The 23-year-old is a .298 career hitter at the minor-league level with a .762 OPS. He doesn’t have much power, but his numbers do suggest that he can hit for contact and possibly average in the majors. While Torreyes wouldn’t be an ideal choice to handle a full-time role, he makes for an interesting option until Refsnyder can prove he’s not a defensive albatross.