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April 17, 2007

Basak Or Gonzalez?

Assume that Robinson Cano is hurt. The Yankees would need someone to play second.

At Triple-A, presently, there are three middle infielders: Alberto Gonzalez, Angel Chavez and Chris Basak.

Each is hitting over .300 at the moment. (Chris Basak is the only one showing some pop while he's doing it.) If the Yankees had to make a call for help, it would be between Basak and Gonzalez.

Basak is your typical Four-A utility player. Gonzalez is a legit prospect at short. This tells me that the Yankees would go for Basak, if they needed to replace Cano on the roster (with Cairo becoming the starting second baseman). It does make sense to let the prospect play everyday, etc.

But, it would be interesting to see what would happen if the Yankees did call up Alberto Gonzalez and let him play second while Cano was out. What would happen if Gonzalez showed Pokey Reese-like range around the middle of the diamond and hit .280-ish over a 30 game period with the Yankees? It would add a whole new level to a certain debate, for sure. Throw in continued struggles for the Yankees first basemen and it would get even more interesting.

Hopefully, Cano is fine and it's all moot. But, it's a fun "What if?" nonetheless.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 17, 2007 12:47 PM

Comments

You really like this Alberto Gonzalez kid, eh? :)

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 17, 2007 02:53 PM


~~~You really like this Alberto Gonzalez kid, eh?~~~

The reason being is that Steve is a big supporter of his boss, George Bush.

Posted by: Garcia [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 17, 2007 03:05 PM

I like what he represents: Youth, and stellar "D" at SS.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 17, 2007 03:06 PM

Howzabout bringing AG up as SS, and temporarily moving Jeter to 2nd? I doubt he'd go for it though.

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 17, 2007 03:17 PM

Cano is in starting tonight's lineup.... (that from Peter Abraham's blog) so I guess he's not injured.

Posted by: mvyb [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 17, 2007 04:22 PM

I saw that - maybe it was just a cramp on Sunday?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 17, 2007 05:02 PM