Turns out, it’s also cold in New York. After a bit of a delay in Detroit, I’m finally back in my apartment. And the hot stove has at least gotten a bit warmer.
Looks like Mark DeRosa is moving closer to a deal with the Giants. Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees remain interested and will be “disappointed” if the DeRosa-to-the-Giants deal goes through. None of this is especially new information — we were basically hearing the same things last week — but it suggests the situation hasn’t changed over the weekend.
One thing that might have changed, Heyman is also reporting that the Yankees are not interested in Jermaine Dye. I’m not sure the Yankees were ever closely linked to the veteran outfielder, but he was certainly the subject of some speculation because he’s a right-handed hitter who can play the outfield corners and hit for power, and he would probably be available on a one-year deal.
Even if DeRosa and Dye aren’t in the mix — and if the Yankees are honestly not planning to spend the money it would take for Matt Holliday, Jason Bay or Johnny Damon — there are still handful of interesting options to boost left field: Marlon Byrd, Rick Ankiel, Reed Johnson, Xavier Nady (depending on cost and health), Marcus Thames, Randy Winn. Considering the Yankees are looking for a No. 9 hitter, those are pretty solid options. I still like the idea of a Reed Johnson/Brett Gardner platoon.