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.