Numerous tweets hit the Internet late Sunday afternoon suggesting that the Philadelphia Phillies may be interested in signing Yankees utility man Ramiro Pena, with second baseman Chase Utley sidelined with no set date for return.
Pena was just one of six players that were cut by the Yankees on March 25, which also included OF Colin Curtis, RHP Manny Delcarmen, OF Cole Garner, C Jose Gil, and RHP Kevin Whelan.
The Yankees, however, reassigned all of the above players except for Pena who was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Pena made 23 Spring Training at-bats in 2012 and hit .261 with one home run, one RBI and five strikeouts. However, the main attraction for the Phillies is likely that Pena is able to play second base, third base and shortstop.
A long story short, the Phillies need infielders. Not only is Utley on the DL, but so is Michael Martinez, and along with Ryan Howard’s injury, it means Ty Wigginton will have to spend most of his time at first.
So, it makes sense that Pena would be a quick and affordable fix.