The Yankees have signed DH-first baseman Erubiel Durazo to a minor-league contract, GM Brian Cashman said. Durazo, who has played for Arizona and Oakland, spent time at the Rangers’ Triple-A Oklahoma City affiliate earlier this season before requesting his release. Cashman said the team is likely to sign free-agent outfielders Richard Hidalgo and Jason Romano. One or both could be added to the big-league roster immediately.
When I hear Durazo, I think “Ken Phelps Jr.” I’ve never been a fan of Durazo – and I think his “power” is over-rated. For two years, 2001-2002, he was mashing. After that, not so much. Whether it was a blip, or he had help, we won’t know. But, I’m pretty confident that he’s got nothing to offer now.
On the other hand, I love the Jason Romano news. He’s a former Texas Rangers prospect – and has bounced around with many teams in the last few years. But, he’s a super-sub (who can play the infield and the outfield) with a great attitude. I think Yankees fans are going to love this guy.