• Yankees Sign Brennan Boesch (Yawn)

    Posted by on March 15th, 2013 · Comments (14)

    Via Matt Snyder -

    Just two days after being released by the Tigers, Brennan Boesch has landed with another 2012 playoff team. He has signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal — plus possible incentives — with the New York Yankees, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.

    Boesch, 27, finished fifth in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010 and then hit .283/.341/.458 with 16 homers in just 115 games in 2011. But last season, he hit just .240/.286/.372 with 12 homers in 503 plate appearances. He struck out 104 times while walking just 26.

    Worth mention here is that Boesch is left-handed and Yankee Stadium plays very favorable for left-handed power hitters. In 32 career plate appearances in Yankee Stadium, Boesch has hit .367/.375/.533 with a homer and six RBI.

    Boesch has never played first base as a professional, but he gives the Yankees the chance to put Juan Rivera at first. The Yankees desperately need corner infield help with third baseman Alex Rodriguez likely on the shelf for the majority of the season and first baseman Mark Teixeira out for the first four to six weeks. They have Kevin Youkilis to play either corner, so another corner man is needed.

    With Boesch able to play left field — alongside Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki until the also-injured Curtis Granderson can return — Rivera could be used at first.

    Many Yankees fans seem to like this transaction.

    So, here’s a little cold water for them. This is a guy who had an OPS of .659 last season. And, the Tigers RELEASED him because they couldn’t find ANYONE willing to give them a bag of balls in exchange for his services.

    Look at the facts. This is a player who was so-so in the minors – reaching Double-A in 2009 at the age of 24. And, at that level, he struck out A LOT and hardly walked. (Not a good sign.) However, in 2010, in Triple-A, he got off to a hot start in a handful of games and carried that hot streak into the majors for two and half months. Then, the clock struck midnight.

    From July 18th, 2010 through the end of last season, he’s played in 312 big league games with the BA/OBA/SLG line of .242/.297/.377 (in 1,108 AB).

    Hey, Yankees fans, it’s the second coming of Dave Revering!

    Oh, that Cashman, he’s a ninja…not.

    Comments on Yankees Sign Brennan Boesch (Yawn)

    1. 77yankees
      March 15th, 2013 | 7:11 pm

      And you thought the Yanks couldn’t get someone who could take up Granderson’s share of strikeouts.

    2. March 15th, 2013 | 7:46 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      And you thought the Yanks couldn’t get someone who could take up Granderson’s share of strikeouts.

      Words I never thought I would say: At least Granderson has some power.

    3. Raf
      March 15th, 2013 | 8:28 pm

      http://www.captainsblog.info/2013/03/15/boesch-represents-yankees-best-option-in-a-worst-case-scenario/19543/

      At any rate, he’s a platoon stopgap and probably won’t make it through the season.

    4. KPOcala
      March 15th, 2013 | 10:05 pm

      Thanks Steve, it took me thirty years to purge Dave Revering out of the memory banks. I’ll no don’t have dreams tonight with Boesch being at the plate in the ALCS, bases loaded, two outs……..;)

    5. Evan3457
      March 16th, 2013 | 12:22 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      However, in 2010, in Triple-A, he got off to a hot start in a handful of games and carried that hot streak into the majors for two and half months. Then, the clock struck midnight.

      That’s not correct. His entire 2011 season was better than his entire 2010 season, and the first four months of 2011 he was actually pretty good: .293/.347/.477 through July 31st.

      From Wikipedia: “Boesch’s season ended when he suffered a torn ligament in his hand in early August. It was the first time in his baseball career that Brennan had been sidelined by a serious injury….His 2011–12 off-season focused on a long post-surgery rehabilitation, and Boesch started the 2012 season slowly. He had his best month in July, when he hit .295, with 4 home runs and 17 RBIs. But after July, with his playing time reduced, Boesch completed his season with a .240 batting average, 12 home runs and 54 RBIs. Against the White Sox, in two key games during the pennant race, Boesch hit two game-winning home runs off Sox lefty Chris Sale, the only home runs Sale gave up all year to a left-handed batter.”

      So, a 27 year old lefty with some power, whose career took a major downturn because of a serious wrist injury, and who may have spent all last year trying to recover from it, isn’t worth trying to see if he can replace Tex for 6 weeks of the season? Even for just $1.5 million?

      I mean, I don’t expect him to be great, but why the heck not?

    6. March 16th, 2013 | 6:52 am

      @ Evan3457:
      Again, the Tigers RELEASED him because they couldn’t find ANYONE willing to give them a bag of balls in exchange for his services. And, our astute GM runs out and gives him a $1.5 million big league contract. Is that what the Yankees have become, over spending dumpster divers?

    7. Raf
      March 16th, 2013 | 7:22 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Again, the Tigers RELEASED him because they couldn’t find ANYONE willing to give them a bag of balls in exchange for his services. And, our astute GM runs out and gives him a $1.5 million big league contract. Is that what the Yankees have become, over spending dumpster divers?

      Why didn’t the Yankees trade for him, then?

    8. Corey
      March 16th, 2013 | 10:04 am

      Raf wrote:

      At any rate, he’s a platoon stopgap and probably won’t make it through the season.

      He has an option left as well as another year of team control. You’ll see him till at least the end of Spring Training next year.

    9. Corey
      March 16th, 2013 | 10:04 am

      Raf wrote:

      Why didn’t the Yankees trade for him, then?

      Cause they got him for a million cheaper by waiting.

    10. Corey
      March 16th, 2013 | 10:06 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      $1.5 million big league contract

      This is the issue I have with the deal. He should not have received a major league deal.

    11. 77yankees
      March 16th, 2013 | 1:41 pm

      Raf wrote:

      At any rate, he’s a platoon stopgap and probably won’t make it through the season.

      He may not make it through May. Once Granderson & Tex come back after the starting 8 in the field you’re looking at a bench of Pronk, J. Rivera, Nunez, Nix, & Stewart. And you know Joey LaRussa needs his full complement of 12-13 pitchers.

      Figure Pronk if healthy will DH against most RHP. Against a lefty Jeter, Youk, etc. will DH for a half day off & Nunez, Nix, or Rivera will be in there in the field.

      The one thing to consider and hope for though is that Pronk & Rivera are productive on days they’re NOT starting as well. For the first time in a long while, with Cervelli & Stewart catching, the Yankees will need PH regularly in late inning tight situations.

      But honestly, the best scenarios for Boesch sticking around past May would be if Pronk is hurt/ineffective, or if Boesch just rips the cover off the ball the first 50 games to the point where they have to keep him.

    12. Evan3457
      March 16th, 2013 | 3:02 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      Again, the Tigers RELEASED him because they couldn’t find ANYONE willing to give them a bag of balls in exchange for his services. And, our astute GM runs out and gives him a $1.5 million big league contract. Is that what the Yankees have become, over spending dumpster divers?

      They released him because no one was willing to take on the $2.3 million in salary. Neither did the Yankees. They took on $1.5 million plus possible bonuses if he actually does well.

      That’s a different decision than the one you describe.

    13. Evan3457
      March 16th, 2013 | 3:07 pm

      Also, the Tigers had no more use for him. Their outfield was set enough to unload Young, who was quite useful for them last year in the post-season. Their DH slot is now filled by Victor Martinez.

      They didn’t want to waste $2.3 million on a slot they could fill will with one of their league minimum outfielders. In addition, he hurt an obliques this spring, and was recovering from that as well. They didn’t want to pay more than the 30 days required by the Basic Agreement.

      Those are the reasons he was let go. The Yanks spent a couple of hundred thousand more than they had to because their specific need for him at the moment was greater than most teams. If he hits as he did in 2010-2011, he’ll be useful to the Yanks as the salary he’s at, just as Ibanez and Chavez were last year.

      And yes, dumpster diving is quite appropriate when the optimum solution is the healthy return of Granderson and Teixeira. You don’t overpay in prospects or money on the sheer speculation that one or both are done for the season.

    14. Evan3457
      March 16th, 2013 | 3:08 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      Raf wrote:
      …or if Boesch just rips the cover off the ball the first 50 games to the point where they have to keep him.

      And, on the off-chance he does that, then he’ll be a bargain at $1.5 million plus incentives.

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