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The market for a reserve corner infielder

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 07, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As the Yankees look to round out their bench with a second backup infielder, the market or such a player is somewhat established. How much should the Yankees expect to spend on Eric Chavez (or someone similar)? These offseason signings might paint a create a spectrum of expectations.

Casey Blake
1 year, $2 million
At 38 years old, and coming off a season when he hit .252 with four home runs in 63 games, Blake scored a $2-million deal that includes incentives. He was also injured last year and had surgery in September. This might not be a terrible comparison for Chavez, though Blake’s been legitimately productive more recently than Chavez.

Jorge Cantu
Minor league deal
Amazing that Cantu is just now approaching his 30th birthday. ┬áComing off a dismal 57 games with the Padres, the rapidly declining Cantu settled for a minor league deal with the Angels. Presumably he’s something of a wild card to help the Angels fairly often at third base.

Greg Dobbs
2 years, $3 million
A left-handed third baseman who can play the outfield when necessary, Dobbs settled for a minor league deal last year and bumped up to a two-year contract this winter. He doesn’t have a ton of power, but he’s a pretty solid hitter against righties. Might not have been a terrible fit for the Yankees, though it’s hard to imagine them giving more than one year for this role.

Adam Kennedy
1 year, $800,000
He can play second base, which isn’t a necessity for what the Yankees need, but Kennedy is also a veteran left-handed hitter, who’s played a lot of first and third lately, and was signed by the Dodgers to play a bench role. He’s being paid slightly more than he made last year despite hitting just .234.

Jose Lopez
Minor league deal
Playing more third than second these days, Lopez still shows occasional power but settled for a minor league contract with the Indians. Looks like he’s trying to make the team as a platoon type off the bench. Cleveland is left-heavy at third base.

Albert Pujols
10 years, $254 million
Just kidding. It will probably be less than this.

Nick Punto
2 years, 3 million
Incentives could make this deal more valuable as the Red Sox went after Punto to fill their utility opening. Known more for his glove than his bat, Punto hit .278/.388/.421 with the Twins last year, which is obviously awfully good for a utility man. This and Dobbs probably create the high end of what the Yankees are looking for.




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