Friday, March 1, 2013
Battle to fill in for Granderson
By Jason A. Churchill
With GM Brian Cashman ruling out the possibility of the club signing Johnny Damon to help fill the void left by Curtis Granderson's arm injury, it appears the New York Yankees will stay in house. A trade is always a possibility, but Granderson is only expected to miss about six weeks of the regular season.
Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, two veterans, are among the club's non-roster invitees and figure to be in the mix for a roster spot coming out of spring training. Melky Mesa is on the 40-man roster and could also be the choice.
Zoilo Almonte is also in camp with the big club, though despite his roster advantage may be on the outside looking in, depending on how the aforementioned veterans perform.
Whether or not trading for Alfonso Soriano is something the club will strongly consider remains to be seen, but the former Yankees second baseman, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, is open to the idea.
Mesa, 26, went 2-for-3 with a home runs Thursday and is now 3-for-10 for the spring, matching the production of Almonte thus far.