• Mark Loretta – Again

    Posted by on November 30th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    From FullCountPitch.com

    Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees are close to signing Mark Loretta to a one year deal. Loretta would be a good fit for the Yankees as he could spell Cano against a tough lefty, play a lot of positions and be a nice right handed bat off the bench. If they do sign him and keep Wilson Betemit, the Yankees will have one of their most versatile benches in years.

    Ring a bell? See this from December 19, 2006:

    From RotoWorld.com – ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Yankees have been in contact with Mark Loretta about their opening at first base.

    Offensively, Mark Loretta has one skill left: Against LHP, he’s able to reach base at a fairly decent rate. But, on the whole, he’s going to offer you nothing with his stick – so, don’t be fooled by what he’s done recently in ballparks like Boston and Houston.

    Defensively, Mark Loretta can play all four infield positions. Note that I said “play” and not “field.” He’s going to be below average with the mitt at any position where you play him…not a ton below, but, below.

    Oh, yes, and he’ll be 36-years old next season.

    I’d rather go with Alberto Gonzalez as my back-up infielder in 2008 – if the other choice is Loretta. At least Alberto offers great range in the field and some speed on the bases.

    Comments on Mark Loretta – Again

    1. MJ
      November 30th, 2007 | 9:54 am

      Cashman is really an enigma. From November to June, he’s really old-school and makes some real head-scratchers. Then, all of a sudden, a light goes off and he realizes the bench he constructed sucks and he’ll spend July-September tinkering and building a much deeper team for the stretch run.

      What exactly does Loretta do here if they already have Betemit? Why would the team need two backup utility men? If anything, the Yanks need another outfielder and a bat off the bench, not a guy that makes Betemit redundant.

      I’m sure if they sign Loretta, he won’t last the year in New York.

    2. Nick from Washington Heights
      November 30th, 2007 | 10:06 am

      there is the possibility that the Yanks want to make Betemit more of a full-time 1b, especially if Duncan’s shoulder is messed up. Or that signing Loretta allows the Yanks to include Betemit in the deal for Santana.

      MJ, I am not as sure as you about Loretta not lasting the year. Remember this is the team that had Cairo has a super-utility guy for a few seasons.

    3. Tex Antoine
      November 30th, 2007 | 11:01 am

      You could be looking at your new starting second baseman if they include Cano in the Santana deal.

    4. November 30th, 2007 | 1:54 pm

      good point Nick. this could be more connected with Duncan’s health than anything else. but if not, it really doesnt say much about AGon.

      they better not trade Cano. imagine Minny’s lineup: Mauer, Young, Morneau, Cano. wow.

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