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There isn’t a player at spring camp who is a true third baseman other than Chase Headley and that's somewhat concerning for the Yanks. Although Headley played in 156 games last season, he has fought back problems in the past, and it’s possible that the amount of time he played last season adversely affected his abilities down the stretch.
The Yankees initial plan was to use Castro as an occasional replacement for Headley, and that’s fine. There is nothing wrong with having multifaceted players on a roster. That thought gave rise to the chance that Refsnyder could take Castro’s place at second base during the days Castro covered for Headley. Further, if Headley was to get hurt, Castro could slide over and Refsnyder takes over at the keystone.
But why not test Refsnyder at third base? Or in the outfield from where he was transitioned to learn second base? Why not give a guy who is a major league ready hitter a chance to find a comfort zone (or more zones) by moving him around the diamond?