What to do about First Base?
The Yankees came into the season knowing that their young “first baseman of future” Greg Bird had already been ruled out for the season due to injury meaning that the Yankees would not have a strong backup option for their aging slugger Mark Teixeira. Fast forward two months and the Yankees are really in a pickle.
Mark Teixeira is hurt and is even considering retirement according to the latest reports. The Yankees passed over fan favorite Nick Swisher and opted to play Chris Parmalee who filled in admirably during his brief stint with the team but now that he faces a groin issue, what are the Yankees to do?
Sign a free agent? Make a small trade? Call up Nick Swisher?
I have an intriguing answer comprised around the notion that the Yankees look to their future. I would like to see the Yankees try Carlos Beltran at first for a few reasons. First off, it would provide the opportunity for the Yanks to call up Aaron Judge and see what he can do at the Major League level. There are many that feel Judge has too many holes but if the Yanks want to throw him into the fire as a test, this is a good opportunity.
In addition, playing Carlos Beltran at first will only increase his trade value and it will also give Beltran more flexibility in the eyes of National League teams that have a crowded outfield and no option to play him at DH. In fact, I see this scenario playing out well for a team like the Mets who need some more offense and a return to Queens for Beltran would probably be good for both the team and the player. The Mets also have a crowded outfield and a need at first base. Just sayin.
What will the Yankees do? We may find out in the very near future.
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Bryan Revello is the Editor in Chief for New York Sportscene. A New York Yankees analyst and enthusiast, he can be heard talking about the New York Yankees on the Spadora on Sports radio program. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.