Yankees could be trade fit for Phillies

Yankees could be trade fit for Phillies

June 26, 2013, 4:15 pm
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SAN DIEGO –- News that New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira needs season-ending surgery to repair a right wrist injury could ultimately be felt in the Phillies’ clubhouse.

The Phillies have struggled to reach the .500 mark all season and could end up trading away players if they don’t make a serious move in the standings over the next few weeks.

The list of trade possibilities is long: Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young head the list.

Three of those players –- Utley, Ruiz and Young –- could be of serious interest to the Yankees, who are in the market for catching and corner-infield help.

According to a baseball executive, the Yankees have already kicked around Ruiz’s name as a possible upgrade at the catcher position. Ruiz, 34, is in the final year of his contract.

Utley and Young and can both play first base and could be of interest to the Yankees as they look to get by without Teixeira. Young played a significant amount of first base in Texas before shifting to third base with the Phillies this season. He could also give the Yanks depth at third as they wait for Alex Rodriguez to return.

The Yankees, 2 1/2 games back in the AL East, had a scout in Philadelphia last weekend. His mission was unknown but the visit coincided with Utley’s coming off the disabled list. Ruiz came off the disabled list earlier that week.

Utley and Young are also in the final year of their contracts.

The Phillies have not yet decided whether they will sell off talent, but they are in a crucial stage of their decision process. They have eight games remaining on their current road trip then return home for an important 10-game homestand that will take them to the all-star break. They will play NL East leader Atlanta three times on that homestand and second-place Washington four times. Results of that homestand could determine whether GM Ruben Amaro Jr. looks to begin a roster reshaping.

If Amaro moves players, keep an eye on the Yankees.