The Yankees' third-base platoon
The Yankees are relying on a combination of backup infielders -- Eric Chavez, Jayson Nix, and Casey McGehee -- to fill the void left by third baseman Alex Rodriguez when he broke his hand. Learn more about the trio that will take A-Rod's place at the hot corner.
Eric Chavez signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees before the 2011 season after spending the first 12 years of his career with the Oakland Athletics. The 35-year-old Chavez batted .267 with 230 home runs and 787 RBIs in Oakland.
Jayson Nix spent the first four years of his careers with four different teams -- the Rockies, the White Sox, the Indians, and the Blue Jays -- before inking a minor-league deal with the Yankees in November 2011. The versatile 30-year-old has spent most of his time with the Yankees at third base, but he has also played second base, shortstop, and left field.
Casey McGehee joined the Yankees in a deadline-day deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees traded reliever Chad Qualls for McGehee, who was in his first season with the Pirates. The 30-year-old played with the Cubs and the Brewers before being traded to the Pirates last winter.
Jayson Nix was a member of the 2008 Team USA Olympic baseball team that earned bronze in Sydney, Australia. He went 2-for-9 in three games, including a score-tying solo home run off of Cuba's Pedro Luis Lazo in the third game. However, Nix was forced to miss the rest of the Olympics after getting hit in the head in his next at-bat following the home run.
Casey McGehee had a career year with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010, hitting .285 with 23 home runs and 104 RBIs in 157 games. He hit .301 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs in 116 games in 2009, his rookie campaign.
Eric Chavez won six consecutive Gold Glove awards from 2001 to 2006. He also won a Silver Slugger award in 2002 after posting a .275 batting average and a career-high 34 home runs.
Jayson Nix was taken in the first round of the 2001 MLB Draft, going 44th overall to the Rockies in the supplemental round. He made his big-league debut seven years later on Opening Day as Colorado's replacement for ex-Met Kazuo Matsui. He went 0-for-2 in that debut, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning that forced home the eventual winning run.
Casey McGehee finished fifth in 2009 National League Rookie of the Year voting with the Brewers. He received 18 total votes, trailing Florida's Chris Coghlan (105), Philadelphia's J.A. Happ (94), Atlanta's Tommy Hanson (37), and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (25).
Eric Chavez was the 10th overall selection in the 1996 MLB draft. He was drafted out of Mount Carmel High School in San Diego, California, marking only the second time that the A's drafted a player out of high school since 1991 (Ben Grieve, 1994).
Eric Chavez has faced numerous injuries throughout his MLB career, most notably with his back. In 2007, he had surgery to repair a bulging disc. In 2009, he underwent more back surgery, this time to fix a herniated disc. He has also undergone three shoulder surgeries.
While Casey McGehee is primarily a third baseman, he has also played at first base and second base during his five-year major-league career.