NY Yankees Trade Rumors: Chase Headley, Dustin Ackley, Michael Young, Mark Reynolds 3B Options To Replace Alex Rodriguez In 2014 Season?

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Jan 13, 2014 12:48 PM EST
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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Massachusetts in this August 18, 2013 file photo. (Photo : Reuters) "

The NY Yankees have a number of questions regarding Alex Rodriguez after he was suspended for the 2014 season and now the team could look to trades or free agents as options and some names include Chase Headley, Dustin Ackley, Michael Young as well as Nick Franklin and while a couple of those players don't play 3B, they could move if a deal goes down.

Rodriguez was suspended for 162-games after the arbitrator gave out his ruling and now that leaves the Yankees with around $25 million to play with and a number of options about which route they could take. According to SB Nation, the team has limited internal and trade options for 3B heading into the 2014 season, with Chase Headley and Michael Young looking like the best options right now. Both Ackley and Franklin are with the Seattle Mariners and the team now has Robinson Cano and both of those players were at 2B and now a position change could be in the works if the Yanks want to pull off a trade.

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Ackley moved to the outfield after Franklin emerged for the Mariners last season and while Franklin is a natural shortstop, he could be asked to move over and he was considered an option for the Yanks to replace Cano earlier in the offseason before they brought in Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts. Two of the safest options appear to be Headley and Young and one things that could hold up Headley is the fact that the Yankees simply don't have much to offer in a trade apart from Brett Gardner and some very raw young players.

According to ESPN.com, Young is being looked at as a free agent option and despite the fact that he is 37-years-old, the team sees him as a steady player at the position. The Yankees were even linked to him last season before he got traded to the Dodgers and now he could fit as a one-year solution for the Yankees. Last season he played in over 145 games and hit .279 with eight homeruns and nearly 50 RBIs and he has been a solid fielder for his entire career. Mark Reynolds is also another option and he fits into what the Yankees hope to do at the position.

The Padres were reportedly willing to listen to offers for Headley earlier in the offseason, but that later changed according to Hardball Talk and now he may be off the market. With A-Rod getting suspended, the situation could change and he comes in after hitting .250 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs and that came a year after he was up at .286 with 31 home runs and 115 RBIs in 161 games in 2012 and that's the player the Yanks would want. Headley is a free agent in 2014, so his money would be coming off the books.

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