Chris Basak would not seem to have much of a road to the major leagues.
Basak, who signed with the Yankees as a six-year minor-league free agent during the offseason, plays primarily shortstop and third base. With perennial All-Stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have those two positions covered pretty well.
Plus Basak, 28, has never played a game in the majors despite playing 306 games in Triple-A with the Mets.
But Basak, who hopes to get a major-league opportunity as a utility player at some point, has had an excellent spring. He is hitting .325 with five extra-base hits, five RBIs and six runs scored.
Manager Joe Torre said: “He’s been very impressive.”
Said Basak: “I wanted to come into spring training and just show my versatility.”
Miggy Cairo better keep those hamstrings loose all season.