The Yankees expect to sign utility infielder Miguel Cairo to a one-year deal this week, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Cairo, who was the Yankees’ starting second baseman in 2004, probably could receive more playing time with another team, but he prefers to return to the Yankees after a year with the Mets.
In his career, Cairo has played every position except catcher and centerfield. And, if push came to shove, I bet he could play those two slots as well at some point in a game, if needed.
Plus, he’s not a bad baserunner. Over the last two years combined, he’s a 80% stealer. Of all guys with at least 20 swipes over the last two years, only 26 in all of baseball had a better rate. (For what it’s worth, Ichiro, Figgins, and Podsednik were all under 80% over this time.)
Granted, Cairo does not come with a great stick. But, if he bats more than 150 times in 2006, then the Yankees will have a bigger problem than Miggy’s weak bat.
If the only other option is Felix Escalona, then I’m OK with bringing Cairo back for another tour in the Bronx.