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08:37 AM ET 06.29 | With Alex Rodriguez's status still uncertain, the Yankees are looking for a third baseman, according to people familiar with their thinking. A-Rod is said to have told the Yankees within the last day or two, "I feel great, but I am a long way from playing games.'' That seems to be an about-face from the tweet declaring his readiness for game, that started the brouhaha in the Bronx, with general manager Brian Cashman reacting by saying A-Rod should "just shut the f--- up.'' Well, they all talked it out since, and Rodriguez has now conceded that since he isn't running the bases at full tilt or moving laterally on grounders, games can't yet be scheduled. That aligns with what Cashman has been saying all along. Which is why the Yankees are scanning the trade market for third basemen. Aramis Ramirez is the top third baseman likely available in trade, but with $25 million to go through next season (including a $4 million buyout on 2015), the Yankees consider him too pricey. Jeff Keppinger, who they tried for this winter, is available, and Michael Young could be, as well, if the Phillies decide to sell at some point in the next few weeks. The Yankees have offered free agent Ian Stewart, who had his own twitter dustup with the Cubs, an opportunity to start at Triple-A Scranton.

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June 29, 2013  08:39 AM ET

AROID SUCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 29, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Just a drop in the bucket for what is needed. first base is not much better or catcher or DH or or..

June 29, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Don't make it worse Brian. Yankee fans are not upset about the team. They know what it is and is not. open up room next year , thats all. Hey, sell sell anything you can. for anything. Hughes, Chamberlain, Nova. Move up ronnier mustelier for third base. Just don't lock on to an aging downsider with a contract beyond this year....

June 29, 2013  10:37 AM ET

Why is there a thread not about Matt Garza??

June 29, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Why is there a thread not about Matt Garza??

Diversity?

June 29, 2013  10:59 AM ET

Preferably PED Free!!!

June 29, 2013  11:00 AM ET

David Wright would be a nice fit......but then again there is nothing in the Yankee organization the Mets want ....this is beginning to look like the Yankees of 1968-1974 all over again......gotta luv it........

June 29, 2013  11:35 AM ET

Isn't Stewart could Yankees best option :-) :-) --:-)

June 29, 2013  12:37 PM ET

nice picture of carlos gomez

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June 29, 2013  01:01 PM ET
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I like-and where the hell is pineda ?

He just got transferred to one of their AA or AAA teams to begin throwing...I'm sure there will be a few threads about him becoming the savior for 2013.

June 29, 2013  01:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Don't make it worse Brian. Yankee fans are not upset about the team. They know what it is and is not. open up room next year , thats all. Hey, sell sell anything you can. for anything. Hughes, Chamberlain, Nova. Move up ronnier mustelier for third base. Just don't lock on to an aging downsider with a contract beyond this year....

This Yankee fan agrees. I want the Yanks to get the payroll below $189 million next year so they can stop paying the payroll tax. Then I want them to stop overpaying for bloated, older players.

June 29, 2013  01:50 PM ET

the Alex Rodriguez "situation" is "sad" at best - the Yankees are paying $$$$$ for a guy who will never be in the HoF - never!!! And, is now a "cancer" to the Yankee organization!!! And, the dollars could go to building the best minor league system in MLB!!!!...
.......simply sad, and very unfortunate for an athlete that had "so much" of a future
going for him....and, an organization that has such a high level of respect and class...

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June 29, 2013  02:37 PM ET
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This Yankee fan agrees. I want the Yanks to get the payroll below $189 million next year so they can stop paying the payroll tax. Then I want them to stop overpaying for bloated, older players.

I don't see why them paying payroll tax is a big deal. With their TV deal, they still have money to burn.

Besides, its good for the economy.

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June 29, 2013  04:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

the Alex Rodriguez "situation" is "sad" at best - the Yankees are paying $$$$$ for a guy who will never be in the HoF - never!!! And, is now a "cancer" to the Yankee organization!!! And, the dollars could go to building the best minor league system in MLB!!!!..........simply sad, and very unfortunate for an athlete that had "so much" of a future going for him....and, an organization that has such a high level of respect and class...

I don't see how they get below 189M, unless they let Cano walk.

 
June 29, 2013  04:53 PM ET
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I don't see how they get below 189M, unless they let Cano walk.

The other option would be to give him a contract with a relatively low salary in the first year that is made up for in subsequent years. But I also have concerns about giving Cano a $200 million plus salary which is likely what we are talking about. At that type of price, I wouldn't mind if they let him walk.

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