The New York Yankees cut six players from the Spring Training roster Sunday, among them utility shortstop Ramiro Pena. With Chase Utley out indefinitely with a recurring knee injury, the Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly shown interest in acquiring Pena as a versatile stopgap.
The Phillies' infield woes are very well-documented. Though Pena was relegated to the Yankees' AAA affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Philly is getting desperate at this point. Pena hit .261 in 23 at-bats this spring, hitting one home run and RBI with five strikeouts. He is hitting .233 for his career, with two home runs and 32 RBIs in 309 at-bats.
Much more attractive than Pena's production is his versatility, however. He has played second base, third base and shortstop in three seasons with New York.