12/3 Third base options
The market for third basemen just got more interesting. The Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip, and was expected to miss three to six months. The Cubs join a long list of teams looking for a third baseman unless they decide to re-sign Ian Stewart. The risk with Stewart is that he’s coming off left wrist surgery. Stewart batted .201 in 55 games last season before he was shut down and recently began doing baseball activities. Could he return to his 2009 form when he hit 25 home runs for the Rockies?
Stewart was non-tendered by the Cubs on Friday and is a free agent. Among the other free agent third basemen on the market are Garrett Atkins, Jeff Baker, Josh Bell, Geoff Blum, Sean Burroughs, Eric Chavez, Mark DeRosa, Chone Figgins, Jack Hannahan, Wes Helms, Brandon Inge, Mike Lamb, Jose Lopez, Casey McGehee, Placido Polanco, Cody Ransom, Mark Reynolds, Brandon Snyder, Ty Wigginton, and Kevin Youkilis.
— Carrie Muskat