The New York Yankees continue to be in the market for a
right-handed bat, but owner Hal Steinbrenner believes the current makeup of the
team is “championship caliber,” according to Andy McCullough of The
Hal Steinbrenner says the team is still in the market for a RHH, but believes the team is "championship caliber."
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) February 8, 2013
The Yankees are set to enter the season with an outfield
that consists of three left-handed hitters, including Brett Gardner, Curtis
Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki. For this reason, the team is looking for a
right-handed bat with the ability to play the outfield and also designated
hitter to spell Travis Hafner against left-handed pitching.
New York does have in-house options, as they’ve signed Matt
Diaz and Juan Rivera on minor league contracts. However, the Yankees are
reportedly seeking a superior option.
The free agent market is bare of potential matches, as all
the remaining outfielders, including Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon, Scott
Podsednik, Michael Bourn and Grady Sizemore, bat from the left side of the
Carlos Lee bats from the right side and could be an option,
but he didn’t man the outfield at all last season. If the club looks to trade,
Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano could be a fit. He’s shown enough power
to spend time at DH while he is listed as an outfielder.
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