New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson fractured his forearm yesterday and will miss 10 weeks of action. The club is left searching
for options to replace the slugger, and it will look both within and outside
the organization for potential candidates.
New York had outfielders Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera in camp
competing for a reserve spot prior to yesterday’s injury, and they now become
internal options to replace Granderson. Beyond the veterans, other in-house candidates
for the Yankees include minor leaguers Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte, according
to Jack Curry of The YES Network.
There are not many options remaining in free agency. At this
point, New York would have to choose from veteran players, including Bobby
Abreu, Johnny Damon and Scott Podsednik. Grady Sizemore is still available, but
it’s not clear when he’ll be recovered enough from injury to sign his next
Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors pointed out yesterday that
New York could wait out the spring with internal candidates and then pursue out
of options players or others at risk of being cut on other teams. This list
would include Jordan Schafer, Ezequiel Carrera, Jose Tabata, Gorkys Hernandez
and Chris Coughlin. Other outfielders that are competing for roster spots
elsewhere include Dewayne Wise, Scott Cousins, Eric Thames, Austin Kearns,
Felix Pie, Darnell McDonald, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Travis Buck.
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