Kevin Youkilis will be the guy filling Alex Rodriguez‘s shoes in the Bronx this season, but before the Yankees inked the veteran infielder to a one-year deal, they were reportedly receiving a bunch of phone calls about the job opening.
According to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, the Yankees received plenty of inquiries from players and agents who felt they could help fill the void left by Rodriguez, who is expected to miss 4-6 months after undergoing hip surgery. Troy Glaus and Cody Ransom reportedly were among those to call.
Glaus last played in the big leagues as a member of the Braves in 2010. He primarily played first base that season, although he does have experience down at the hot corner. The 36-year-old hit .240 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs in 128 games with Atlanta, but he’s shown plenty of power over the course of his 13-year career. A four-time All-Star, Glaus hit a career-high 47 home runs as a member of the Angels in 2000, and has 320 in total.
Ransom, who turns 37 in February, was actually the Yankees’ starting third baseman on Opening Day in 2009, when Rodriguez was on the shelf to begin the year. He hit .220 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 90 games combined between Arizona and Milwaukee in 2012.
All things considered, the Yankees probably might the right decision in signing Youkilis.
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