Reports: Chavez, Keppinger off the board

December, 5, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Yankees' hopes to replace Alex Rodriguez with a platoon of Eric Chavez and Jeff Keppinger appear over, as they both have reportedly proved too rich for the Yankees' frugal blood.

“When we talked about a platoon situation, those were two names we talked about,” Joe Girardi said on Wednesday.

Chavez has agreed to a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks for one year and $3 million, while Kepinger is headed to the Chicago White Sox for three years and $12 million, according to reports.

The Yankees could turn to Kevin Youkilis on the free-agent market, but Youkilis may be asking for more money than the $189 million-or-bust Yankees can offer. Plus, there are serious questions if Youkilis’ bad back will allow him to play the position consistently.

In 2012, Chavez had a .908 OPS and stayed healthy for the first time since 2006, appearing in 113 games.

“He is a name that we talked about,” Girardi said. “He has had success for us; especially against right-handers. You have to be thinking about what do you do next.”

As it stands now, Girardi said that this season could be different because the Yankees may not have a set lineup.

“I know that we are not done,” Girardi said. “I don’t know who we are going to have at the end of the day. You can have a wish list, but sometimes it is just not a match. It is not necessarily on your end. It can be on the other end. You can’t get too caught up on that. But I know we have work to do.”

Girardi said the Yankees may look at the trade market to improve.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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