Joel Sherman says the Yankees have reached a one-year deal with Randy Winn. Looks like that’s the extra outfielder.
Winn is coming off one of his worst seasons when he hit just .262/.318/.353 with San Francisco. His right-handed splits were even worse — .158/.184/.200 — which is curious considering the Yankees were said to be in the market for a right-handed outfielder to balance Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson.
The Yankees are clearly hoping for a rebound.
Winn hit at least .300 with double-digit steals and double-digit home runs in both 2007 and 2008. He hit .289/.343/.470 as a right-handed batter in ’08, .351/.399/.535 as a right-hander in ’07. If he returns to those numbers, he’s a great addition. Of course, he also turns 36 in June.
He has extensive experience at all three outfield positions, and is generally considered a good defensive player.
UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: Great day for Joel Sherman. He’s now reporting that Tampa Bay has entered the race for Johnny Damon. That would more or less leave Pat Burrell as a very expensive DH against lefties.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Joe Girardi just confirmed the Winn signing on Mike Francesa’s radio show. He also confirmed that Johnny Damon will not be back in New York, saying that he talked to Damon today to wish him well.
“Johnny is going to be missed,” Girardi said.