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Looking for the missing piece

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 14, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When the Yankees traded for center fielder Curtis Granderson, they essentially filled their hole in left. They can simply slide Melky Cabrera to left field and their defense is set. All that’s left is to decide on a primary designated hitter and possibly upgrade the bench.

C Posada
1B Teixeira
2B Cano
3B Rodriguez
SS Jeter
LF Cabrera
CF Granderson
RF Swisher
DH Free agent (or Miranda)

C Cervelli (or a free agent)
INF Pena (or Russo, or Corona, or a free agent)
OF Gardner
OF Hoffmann

The question is, who should the Yankees target for the designated hitter spot? Brian Cashman has said many times that it’s very easy to find a bat, and he’s right, but the Yankees could significantly increase their roster flexibility by finding a DH who can play the field. There is little reason to get more than one additional hitter unless they A: Trade an outfielder or B: Want someone proven at backup catcher or utility infielder.

So, who would you target for the DH spot? Conventional thinking says the Yankees want an outfielder (Johnny Damon, we’re looking at you) but would an infielder make more sense given Gardner and Hoffmann are already in the mix? Would you want a bigger bat in left field? Is roster flexibility even an issue, or do you simply want the best bat available?

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