Found March 11, 2013 on
In their efforts to find a replacement first baseman until Mark Teixeira comes back from injury, the Yankees have contacted retired slugger Derrek Lee about a possible return to baseball, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. Lee is said to be interested in the situation, but no deal is in place as of yet.
Lee, 37, last played in the majors in 2011 with Baltimore and Pittsburgh, hitting a combined .267 with 19 homers and 59 RBI in 113 games. The former all-star was once one of the premier first basemen in baseball, winning 3 Gold Gloves while being a mainstay in the middle of the lineup. However, injuries and age have caught up with Lee, evident by his retirement after the 2011 season. Lee’s best season came in 2005, when he won the batting title with a .335 average, and slugged 46 homers and 106 RBI. That year, he lead the league with 199 hits and 50 doubles.
Lee would most likely represent an upgrade over the Yankees current in-house options. If Teixeira suffers a setback, the Yankees would be better off with a veteran everyday player like Lee in the lineup. If Teix should come back on schedule, Lee would then move to the bench and could provide some pop as a pinch-hitting option, or serve as a DH against lefties.
Lee would come at a cheap price, considering he last played in 2011, so the risk would be low with a potential high reward. With Spring Training in full swing, expect a decision on Lee to come sooner rather than later.
BEST OF MAXIM
New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter thought it was a terrible idea for his club to call up retired Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones, which he thought was a media-created joke. "Y'all just come up
The Yankees don’t have many viable options to fill in for Mark Teixeira as he recovers from a strained tendon in his right wrist, so they’re turning to a player who has been retired since 2011.
The Yankees are in talks to bring Derrek Lee out of retirement, according to the New York Times. The 37-year-old was last seen playing for Pittsburgh and Baltimore two years ago.
The Yankees won the World Series in 1996, but it wasn’t before the team came close to making a move that would have significantly altered New York’s future.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman retold a story to the New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand recently. Apparently, the Bronx Bombers came close to trading away legendary closer Mariano Rivera during spring training in...
The New York Yankees have turned to the free agent market in
their search for a corner infielder to help replace injured regulars Alex
Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The team has reached out to free agent first
baseman Derrek Lee and third baseman Scott Rolen, while it’s even contacted the
agent of former Atlanta Braves All-Star Chipper Jones.
General manager Brian...
If you haven’t been paying attention to the World Baseball Classic (and I honestly can’t blame you if you haven’t), you’ve actually missed some pretty entertaining games. The United States team lost to Mexico on Friday night but bounced back with a win over Italy yesterday. Italy (2-1) is the surprise of the tournament and is already through to the next round. To join them...
Haven't done a link dump in a while, figured I'd start today:
- Richard Justice calls the Yankees trio of Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte "a timeless classic" in this article for MLB.com.
- Joel Sherman says that Mariano was what separated the Yankees from everyone else. I would have to agree.
- After CC Sabathia sim game today, he's...
I was over at Pirate City yesterday watching batting practice, when I noticed a left-handed hitter I had never seen before. The hitter was making strong contact, and crushing a few pitches. I had no way of identifying him, since he was wearing a red shirt, meaning he was injured. I also didn’t recognize him.
During his last round, I heard someone call him “Chourio”...
Marc Hulet of FanGraphs has released his top 100 list, with five Pittsburgh Pirates prospects making the cut. The five players are the usual suspects that have been on every other top prospect list that has been announced so far.
Coming in at number six was Gerrit Cole. Only one pitcher was ahead of Cole, and that was Dylan Bundy, who came in at number four.
Jameson Taillon came...
Wandy Rodriguez got his first start of the World Baseball Classic and pitched well through 3.1 innings, before being taken out due to his pitch count. Rodriguez battled in the first innings, having seven pitch AB’s against both Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran. He threw a total of 21 pitches, allowing just an infield single to the Royals Irving Falu.
In the second inning, Rodriguez...
Ivan Nova continued to make a case to be the New York Yankees' fifth starter by pitching four scoreless innings Tuesday during a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Nova allowed four hits, walked none and struck out two in his third exhibition start. The right-hander who faltered down the stretch last season has allowed one run over nine innings this spring.
The Yankees scored...
Andrew McCutchen, Gaby Sanchez and Tony Sanchez hit home runs, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Minnesota Twins 7-4 Sunday.
Jonathan Sanchez, in his first spring training start and fourth appearance, gave up two runs and two hits in two innings. Sanchez has an 11.81 ERA in 5 1-3 innings during the exhibition season.
Minnesota's Liam Hendricks, making his fourth spring...
Since the announcement that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will be walking away from baseball at the end of the 2013 season many (analyst, writers, etc) have been speculating where the long-time closer fits within the greatest players of all-time list. I could debate you all day regarding my opinion on where Rivera fits on that list, but it's evident that some Red Sox...
The fourth weekend of the college baseball season has come to a close and we saw some power from one of the top draft-eligible third basemen on Saturday after he had just one extra base hit coming into the game. Mark Appel showed why he will likely go well before the Pirates make their first selection with the 9th overall pick, and then select again with the 14th pick. The two third...
Mark DeRosa is waiting for a call back from Mark Teixeira, his friend and former teammate with the Texas Rangers.
DeRosa, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, says a wrist injury "wrecked" his career - and he wants to issue a warning to Teixeira, the New York Yankees' first baseman.
"Don't come back until it's right or you'll never be right again,"...