Controversial fact about my Thanksgiving: It involved absolutely no turkey.
My friend Jonathan and his lovely wife Lauren were in charge of the meal, and they went with a big chicken. I was uncertain at first, but it was outstanding. Our friend Brian got out of work in time to hang out for a while. Our friend Emily — Brian’s wife — managed to not go into labor (she’s due in less than two weeks). It was a good day.
Now that it’s over, it’s officially Black Friday. Time to find a bargain.
If everything goes to plan, the Yankees are going to spend big money on a shortstop, a closer and a left-handed starting pitcher this winter. But they might go bargain shopping to fill some smaller holes.
This is one piece Brian Cashman has admitted he’s looking for. Boone Logan is in place, but Damaso Marte is likely lost for the year and the Yankees don’t have another proven left-handed reliever on the roster. If the Yankees don’t want to pay the price for Scott Downs or Brian Fuentes, there are plenty of secondary options available. MLBTradeRumors pointed out yesterday that Pedro Feliciano — who’s already been linked to the Yankees — could fit as a lower-cost option.
I’m all for giving the young guys a chance, and in limited duty, Kevin Russo, Colin Curtis and Greg Golson gave the Yankees a boost this season. But I can’t imagine the Yankees going into spring training without at least one established option as a fourth outfielder behind Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher. It’s basically a second chance at the Randy Winn signing.
As I’ve said before, I don’t think the Yankees need to prioritize a utility man, but I understand several people disagree with me. If they’re going to go after one, the Yankees clearly aren’t going to break the bank for a guy to play behind an infield of Teixiera, Cano, Rodriguez and probably Jeter. Even though I don’t see it as a necessary addition, I can’t see the harm in asking around about the price for a Felipe Lopez-type if they want to add a veteran presence.
It’s inevitable, isn’t it? Every team looks for more pitching in winter, and the Yankees will surely shop around for someone who might be next year’s Dustin Moseley. Maybe they’ll find a guy who could play a one-inning role, or someone to compete for a spot as a long man, or maybe a veteran to add to their long list of young pitchers who could be some sort of sixth starter.
Associated Press photo of Boone Logan