The Yankees are interested in former Astros 3B Luis Valbuena, according to Valbuena's representative Steve Schneider.
Schneider said the Yankees are one of "several" teams in "ongoing" dialogue about Valbuena, and while the third basemen has already received a few offers, Schneider would not say if the Yankees made one. However he did describe talks with the Yankees as "continuing."
Valbuena was off to a solid start in 2016, hitting 13 HRs and 40 RBIs to go with his .260 BA and career-high .816 OPS, before injuring his hamstring in late July. The injury would eventually require surgery, forcing the 31-year old to miss the remainder of the season.
Schneider would not state what type of deal his client is looking for other than saying the veteran wants more than "one year" on a contract. He added that Valbuena is looking to be an everyday player next season, even if it is at a variety of positions.
I'm not certain what the allure to Valbuena might be, other than being more versatile than current third baseman Chase Headley. Valbuena does not seem to be the type of player I would want to grant a multiyear deal as he desires, nor would I want him in the lineup on a daily basis as he wants.
Valbuena's value comes with being able to move around the diamond and his splits (.722 OPS versus right-handers and .666 versus lefties) point to a player who does not deserve everyday at-bats, but rather seems more suitable to hit mainly against right-handers. Additionally, advanced metrics do not show Valbuena to be an especially good fielder at any of the positions he has played in the past.
I view the Yankees' interest in Valbuena to be background work in case the team finds a suitor for Headley, not as a desired piece to push the incumbent out the door.