The New York Yankees have put Rob Refsnyder on the trade block and are willing to hear offers for him, according to the New York Post's George A. King III.
Refsnyder, 25, has spent time at second base, third base, first base and right field over the past three seasons after coming up in the minors mostly as a second baseman.
He hit .250 with no home runs and 12 RBIs in 58 games in the majors last year and .316 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Refsnyder is hitting .262 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in his major-league career and .293 with 12 home runs and 35 RBIs in 484 career minor-league games since he joined the organization in 2012.
He has one minor league option remaining, according to King.
Refsnyder is being outplayed by several players this spring and he failed to make a big impression in his time with New York last season, so this news doesn't surprise me. I was surprised he wasn't moved during the offseason. Now, the problem is that Refsnyder's value is not exactly soaring at the moment.
Refsnyder was never considered an elite talent, and while he has had moderate success in the minors, it has not translated it to the big leagues. Refsnyder's bat convinced the Yankees to try to find alternate positions for him to learn in an effort to increase his value. Refsnyder failed to acclimate smoothly to any of the switches in the field, and now his offensive inadequacies have seemingly forced the Yankees to consider moving on.
The way I see it, Refsnyder could find a home if a team loses their utility player and sees some upside in him. Otherwise, there is also a chance Refsnyder might lose his spot on the 40-man roster if the Yankees need it before the regular season begins. One thing is clear: Refsnyder is no longer an in-house necessity considering the depth of the farm system. But he might have more value as a trade piece.