Who is still out there?

Over the holidays, some signings or rumored signings.

J.C. Romero back with the Phils, Brandon Webb to Texas along with Arthur Rhodes, Brad Hawpe to SD. Colorado gets Matt Lindstrom. Garrett Atkins to the Pirates.

So, who is still out there? From MLBTR (unsure how accurate it is):

The  Yanks don’t need catchers

Josh Bard (33)
Bengie Molina (36) – Type A, not offered arb
Gregg Zaun (40)

The Yanks don’t need a 1B.

First basemen
Willy Aybar (28)
Russell Branyan (35)
Jorge Cantu (29)
Troy Glaus (34)
Nick Johnson (32) Not going down that road.
Casey Kotchman (28)
Mark Kotsay (35)
Adam LaRoche (31) – Type B, offered arb
Derrek Lee (35) – Type A, not offered arb;   Heard Washington rumors?
Fernando Tatis (36)
Mike Sweeney (37)

Yanks don’t need a 2B, but look towards a utility infield/outfield guy (trade for Keppinger?)

Second basemen
Willy Aybar (28)   Would be better if more SS experience. Not versatile enough?    
Ronnie Belliard (36)
Willie Bloomquist (33)  (bold is Boras’ client) (if still out there, I’d consider him for Yanks. No pop, OPS+ 76, but .264, plays everywhere, righty bat).
Alex Cora (35)
David Eckstein (36) – Type B, not offered arb.
Kevin Frandsen (29)
Mark Grudzielanek (41)
Cristian Guzman (33)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (35) A consideration for Yanks to bring him back. .257 but a little more pop than Bloomquist. OPS+ 85 (Career).
Joe Inglett (33)
Adam Kennedy (35)
Felipe Lopez (31) – Type B, offered arb
Julio Lugo (35)
Aaron Miles (34)
Augie Ojeda (36)
Nick Punto (33)
Delwyn Young (29)

SS (see 2B)

Orlando Cabrera (36) – Type B, not offered arb
Bobby Crosby (31)
Cristian Guzman (33)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (35)   See above.
Julio Lugo (35)
Augie Ojeda (36)
Nick Punto (33)
Edgar Renteria (34)

3B (see 2B)

Third basemen
Willy Aybar (28)
Adrian Beltre (32) – Type A, offered arb
Jorge Cantu (29)
Eric Chavez (33)
Joe Crede (33)
Greg Dobbs (32)
Pedro Feliz (36)
Kevin Frandsen (29)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (35)
Andy LaRoche (27)
Felipe Lopez (31) – Type B, offered arb

Yanks really don’t need OF, except a Righty bench bat.

Left fielders
Garret Anderson (39)
Chris Carter (28)
Ryan Church (32)
Johnny Damon (37) – Type B, not offered arb
Gabe Gross (31)
Scott Hairston (31)
Willie Harris (33)
Jeremy Hermida (27)
Joe Inglett (33)
Reed Johnson (34)
Fred Lewis (30)
Lastings Milledge (26)
Laynce Nix (30)
Scott Podsednik (35) – Type B, not offered arb
Manny Ramirez (39) – Type A, not offered arb
Cory Sullivan (31)
Marcus Thames (34)     D negates a return
Randy Winn (37)

Center fielders
Willie Bloomquist (33)  See above.
Jim Edmonds (41)
Jody Gerut (33)
Scott Hairston (31)
Dewayne Wise (33)

Right fielders
Willie Bloomquist (33) See above.

Chris Carter (28)
Ryan Church (32)
Jermaine Dye (37)  Didn’t play in 2010.
Gabe Gross (31)
Jose Guillen (35)
Willie Harris (33)
Jeremy Hermida (27)
Joe Inglett (33)
Andruw Jones (34)  Intriguing as a righty bat off the bench who can play all three OF positions, do the Thames role, but better D than Thames. Still just 34, but only .212 in last four years. .219 vs. righties last year, .256 vs. lefties. 407 HR, still has pop, .230-19-48, ops+ 119 in platoon role. Only $500K each of last two years. For 200 AB, worth a one-year gamble? (I’d prefer Laird, 23 but if Laird isn’t ready…) 10X Gold Glove, Postseason experience. Would he adapt to being a Thames-like bench player? Much better second half than 1st. .277 RISP, .267 RISP 2 outs.  Compare Thames 212 AB, .288-12-33, OPS+ 122 to Jones’ numbers. Worse BA for Jones, but Andruw better D? OPS+ similar. Like I said, worth a gamble at $500K plus incentives?  
Gabe Kapler (35)
Gary Matthews Jr. (36)
Lastings Milledge (26)
Randy Winn (37)
Delwyn Young (29)

DH’s Yanks don’t need.

Designated hitters
Willy Aybar (28)
Hank Blalock (30)
Johnny Damon (37) – Type B, not offered arb
Jason Giambi (40)
Vladimir Guerrero (36) – Type A, not offered arb
Jose Guillen (35)
Mark Kotsay (35)
Manny Ramirez (39) – Type A, not offered arb
Mike Sweeney (37)
Jim Thome (40)

The interesting thing with the DHs is, say there are only two or three spots available. The ones signed could push some others into retirement.

Ok, now it gets interesting.

Starting pitchers
Brian Bannister (30)
Jeremy Bonderman (28)   8-10, 5.53 this year, 22-24, 5.19 2007-2010
Brian Burres (30)
Dave Bush (31)
Bruce Chen (34)
Doug Davis (35) Reclamation. Only 8 games in 2010.
Justin Duchscherer (33) Reclamation. Only 5 g. in 2010
Jeff Francis (29) Reclamation. Discussed already. Interest? 4-6, 5.00 in 2010
Freddy Garcia (35) Yanks checking medical records? 12-6, 4.64 in 2010
Braden Looper (36) Didn’t pitch in 2010
Rodrigo Lopez (35)
John Maine (30)
Pedro Martinez (39) Doubt if he’d comeback, and it might be one of those midseason things. Pedro in Bronx? Don’t see it.
Kevin Millwood (36) – Type B, not offered arb. Three of last 4 years ERA over 5.00. 16 losses led AL in 2010.
Brian Moehler (39)
Carl Pavano (35) – Type A, offered arb.   Been there, done that. NO. 
Brad Penny (33)  Just 9 games in 2010
Andy Pettitte (39) – Type A, not offered arb.   We know the story here. Retiring?
Nate Robertson (33)
Ben Sheets (32) 4-9, 4.53 in 2010. 20 starts. Missed all of 2009.
Ian Snell (29)
Jeff Suppan (36) 3-8, 5.06 in 2010
Jarrod Washburn (36) didn’t pitch in 2010
Todd Wellemeyer (32)
Chris Young (32) only 4 games in 2010

Slim pickings. Reclamation projects, good for one-year, incentive based only. All basically chancey.


Closers, don’t need and don’t expect one to drop to Mo’s setup man.  Rauch and/or Soriano would be nice in 8th, but …

Octavio Dotel (37) – Type B, offered arb
Brian Fuentes (35) – Type B, not offered arb   seeks $15MM over 3 yr.  
Kevin Gregg (33) – Type B, offered arb
Trevor Hoffman (43) – Type B, offered arb
Chad Qualls (32) – Type B, offered arb
Jon Rauch (32) – Type B, not offered arb  
Rafael Soriano (31) – Type A, offered arb

Right-handed relievers
Alfredo Aceves (28)   Love to have him back on minor league deal. If healthy, versatile and valuable.
Grant Balfour (33) – Type A, offered arb. Could fit?
Miguel Batista (40)
Blaine Boyer (29)
Taylor Buchholz (29)
Todd Coffey (30)
Lance Cormier (30)
Manny Corpas (28)
Juan Cruz (30)
Manny Delcarmen (29)
Elmer Dessens (40)
Brendan Donnelly (39)
Chad Durbin (33) – Type B, not offered arb
Kelvim Escobar (34)
Kyle Farnsworth (35) … um, no.
Aaron Heilman (32) – Type B, offered arb
Bob Howry (37)
Mike Lincoln (36)
Mike MacDougal (34)
Doug Mathis (27)
Zach Miner (28)
Dustin Nippert (30)
Micah Owings (28)
Jon Rauch (32) – Type B, not offered arb
Chris Ray (29)
David Riske (34)
Takashi Saito (41) – Type A, not offered arb
Chris Sampson (33)
Scot Shields (35)
Jeff Suppan (36)
Jose Veras (30)
Tyler Walker (35)
Jeff Weaver (34)
Jamey Wright (36)

Left-handed relievers
Joe Beimel (34)   would be interesting, but Yanks have two already 
Brian Burres (30)
Tim Byrdak (37)
Bruce Chen (34)
Randy Flores (35)
Mark Hendrickson (37)
Ron Mahay (40)
Will Ohman (32)
Hideki Okajima (35)
Dennys Reyes (34)
Bobby Seay (33)
Scott Schoeneweis (37)
Taylor Tankersley (28)

Don’t see another addition. But pick one if Cashman decides to add another arm to the bullpen.    

Anyone thrill you?  


2 responses to “Who is still out there?

  1. I like Lastings Milledge for a fouth outfielder. Bonderman and Garcia for starters and MacDougal for a reliever

  2. Living in the Chicago area I saw Cruz, as a starter, in his 1st game as a Cub. I thought he would have had done more than what he has accomplished in his career. For the right $ he may be worth a shot. Aybar could provide more speed on the bases.

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