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Yankees’ Options Dwindling: Chavez To Diamondbacks, Keppinger To White Sox

Eric Chavez  (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images), Jeff Keppinger (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Eric Chavez (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images), Jeff Keppinger (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Yankees need someone to step in at third base for Alex Rodriguez, who could miss as much as the first half of the season with a tear in his left hip.

But it won’t be familiar face Eric Chavez.

Jeff Keppinger? He’s off the table, too.

Chavez won’t be back with the Yankees, instead agreeing with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a one-year, $3 million deal, according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.

The 34-year-old played in 113 games for the Yankees last season, batting .281 with 16 home runs and 37 RBIs.

Meanwhile, Keppinger agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, Heyman reported.

One-time Yankees nemesis Kevin Youkilis and Mark Reynolds are still on the board.

“There’s not a lot of choices out there,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. “It’s a very limited sandbox to play in.”

Yankees fans — what now? Be heard in the comments below…