Thursday, March 7, 2013
Update on Yankees first base situation
By Jason A. Churchill
With Mark Teixeira out 8-10 weeks, the New York Yankees have a need at first base, and could employ Kevin Youkilis at the position and seek an option at third base.
Rumor Central's Doug Mittler summarized the club's options here, though it's worth noting Juan Rivera is viewed as an outfielder by the club, GM Brian Cashman says, and Travis Hafner will not play the field.
Rivera, however, is in the lineup at first base Thursday, tweets ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand and non-roster invitee Dan Johnson is slated to start at first Friday.
Veteran Scott Rolen remains on the free agent market, but whether or not the former all-star has interest in playing for the Yankees or the Yankees have interest in Rolen is unclear. Aubrey Huff is still a free agent and could be signed for cheap and without long-term implications once Teixeira returns.