Tuesday, January 29, 2013
By Jason A. Churchill
The New York Yankees may have found the right-handed hitting outfielder GM Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com they were after. The club has inked veteran Juan Rivera to battle Matt Diaz and perhaps Russ Canzler.
The Yankees, who have three left-handed hitting outfielders on the roster, also do not have a clear answer at designated hitter with the losses of Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones. Once Alex Rodriguez returns from hip surgery, a rotation of A-ROD, Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira is likely.
If Cashman looks for a more accomplished player during the season, among those that fit the bill and could be expendable include Seattle's Franklin Gutierrez and Casper Wells, switch hitter Coco Crisp of the Oakland Athletics, Cubs left fielder and former Yankees slugger Alfonso Soriano, Arizona's Justin Upton and Colorado's Michael Cuddyer.
It's certainly not the end of the world if the Yankees start the year with three lefty-hitting outfielders, especially since their infield consists of two pure righties, one lefty and a switch hitter, and the three catchers on the 40-man roster are all right-handed bats. Cashman isn't in a hurry: "Hey, we've got between now and July 31 to get something done."