With Alex Rodriguez now suspended for the 2014 regular season and postseason, the New York Yankees need to fill a void at third base.
Rumors have linked them to San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley for months, but the Friars aren’t interested in reducing their asking price – a figure that’s too rich for the Yankees blood.
Johnson, who turns 32 in February, batted .235 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs in 118 games for Tampa Bay last year. He has seen the bulk of his professional action at second base and had not played a big league inning at third base until last season, when he saw action in 16 games there.
That’s a position of need for the Yankees, who learned Saturday that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for the entire 2014 season, including the postseason. Johnson currently projects as the leading candidate to handle the starting duties.
Understandably Johnson will have his issues at third base defensively, but he’s proven to be an offensive force in the past – despite an extremely ugly batting average at times.
It’s by no stretch a perfect solution, but the Yankees could do far worse than Johnson at the hot corner.