The New York Yankees got a huge dose of bad news on Sunday, March 17 when the team found Mark Teixeira’s injury was worse than they originally thought. the veteran first baseman could now miss two months of the regular season with a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.
This is horrible news because the team still hasn’t found a way to fill the hole left by Teixeira’s injury. The team can bring in either a first or third baseman because of the flexibility of Kevin Youkilis. Unfortunately the Yankees haven’t taken advantage of this flexibility because they have brought in nobody new. If they think the solution is currently on the roster then they are simply kidding themselves. Throwing a guy like Juan Rivera at first is just asking for trouble defensively. Next thing you know they will be running Travis Hafner out to first. Of course if that happened he would manage to get injured within a week.
I won’t say that general manager Brian Cashman hasn’t tried to fix the problem, but calling retired guys like Chipper Jones and Derrek Lee is half-hearted at best. He also has dangled erratic pitcher Joba Chamberlain in front of the Texas Rangers hoping to pry Mike Olt away from them. The only chance of that trade happening is if Cashman gets Rangers general manager Jon Daniels drunk.
Two realistic options might be Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Lee. The Colorado Rockies would probably be willing to part with Cuddyer for not a whole lot in return. He has played some first base in his career and has some pop in his bat. Lee is a free agent that could be signed pretty cheaply. Unlike Jones and Derrek Lee, Carlos hasn’t said he is retired. His numbers were down quite a bit last season but he still better than anything the Yankees could run out there right now. Even the signing of Lee comes with problems because who knows how long it would take Lee to get into baseball shape, which for a guy that is as large as he is could take some time.
There are just two weeks until the games begin to count and this problem needs to be priority one. Cashman needs to earn his salary and swing some sort of deal. If this season goes down the toilet in the first couple of months Cashman would be the man to blame and he should pay the price. I for one wouldn’t be sad to see him go.
Darren Pare is a third generation Yankees fan. The unique thing is that he lives in the middle of Red Sox nation, Maine, and has for all his life and that gives him a different perspective. You can follow him on Twitter @ dpare71 or on Facebook .