Interesting that the AP headline reads “Giles rejects Yankees, will stay with Padres” – didn’t Giles reject a bunch of other teams too?
Anywho, unless the Yankees want Bubba Crosby and Andy Phillips in the line-up, together, on a full-time basis, they still need to get another bat.
I wonder if the Yankees can get Jacque Jones and Eduardo Perez and just platoon them at DH? Perez had an OPS of .884 vs. LHP last year (in 158 PA) and Jones had an OPS of .814 vs. RHP last year (in 411 PA). Jones can also serve as a back-up OF and Perez can back-up at 1B. Unless the Yankees are sure that Phillips can hit LHP at the big league level – and then use him instead of Perez? (For the record, Phillips batted .150 against both LHP and RHP in 2005.)
It’s just starting to seem like a “John Lowenstein & Bennie Ayala” approach may start to make more sense, if they can find it, instead of throwing money at some “star” trying to make a comeback or at some “star” wanting too many years.