For nearly three months, the Yankees focused on improving their rotation. CC Sabathia was their first order of business, Freddy Garcia was an early depth move, and their biggest splash of the winter was a double dose of starting pitching.
Now they need a bat.
With Jesus Montero shipped to Seattle, the Yankees are in the market for a regular designated hitter. They will obviously use that role to occasionally rest their veterans — and a guy like Andruw Jones could fill that void against lefties — but the Yankees now have a spot for a hitter. Whether they have money for a hitter is something different altogether.
The Yankees are reportedly looking to spend no more than $2 million for a designated hitter, which might not be enough to land some of the top bats left on the market. Carlos Pena and Johnny Damon were almost immediately connected to the Yankees after the Montero trade, but there are some other bats still out there.
Ability to play the field doesn’t matter in this spot. The Yankees are on the hunt for the biggest bat for the buck.