It seemed like the Yankees had been trying to figure out their third base situation for this season since Alex Rodriguez was originally suspended by Major League Baseball on August 5th last year. With more then a week left until Opening Day, they might have reached the conclusion of their search.
Following the Yankees' 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves, manager Joe Girardi said that the Yanks have been thinking about using Kelly Johnson in a platoon situation with someone like Eduardo Nunez, but his bat had been good enough this spring to handle to position by himself.
We kind of thought about (a platoon) a little bit going into the season when we signed Kelly,” Girardi said. “But his at-bats have been good against right handers (and) left handers. There’s some different things we can do with it, obviously. He’s going to play a lot, let’s put it that way.”
As of Wednesday, Johnson is batting .400/.500/.900 against lefties and .190/.346/.238 against righties through 31 at-bats during spring training. It's a small sample, but still something to take notice of.
Girardi also said that the Yankees could use Johnson to backup Brian Roberts and second base, and Mark Teixeira at first. As of right now, he seems to be their only option to back up first base.
If the Yankees did want to go with a platoon at third base to start the season, at least, you would think that Nunez would be the front-runner for that job with .264/.314/.357 batting line against righties compared to Johnson's career line of .244/.335/.424 against right-handers.