Via Wally Matthews -
A month from today, Yankees regulars are scheduled to report to spring training in Tampa. And as of now, they still don’t have a right-handed hitting outfielder.
“I know it’s getting late, but we’re still looking,” GM Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday. “We’re open for business, but we’re not going to do something just to do something. If we have to, we’ll go to Tampa with what we’ve got.”
Right now, that means three left-handed hitters in their starting outfield — Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki — and no DHs, with the departures of Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones.
And, not a lot of options left.
I proposed the following scenario to Cashman: Let’s say the Yankees add no more parts between now and the start of the season, and the Boston Red Sox start Jon Lester, a lefty, at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day.
Who’s the DH?
The names he gave me were Russ Canzler, Matt Diaz, Eduardo Nunez or perhaps Youkilis if Nunez — gasp! — plays third base.
Canzler and Diaz are non-roster invites who were signed to minor-league deals this spring. Nunez, of course, is NunEEEE, who played shortstop in the Dominican Winter League and hit a disappointing .275 with no homers and just 4 RBIs.
Well, the DH spot really is just a parking spot for A-Rod. But, it would be nice to get someone like Scott Hairston on the roster. Related, what do they do if Gardner gets hurt again or is not up to par in terms of being a full-time player? Melky Mesa, com’on down?