Joe Girardi might have been stating the obvious today when he said he’d like to see the Yankees add a left-handed bat before spring training. At a charity event in Times Square, Girardi specifically discussed Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Raul Ibanez.
“When you think about Raul Ibanez, he has had success wherever he has (gone),” Girardi said. “There could be other things that could happen. I can’t tell you it is going to be one of those three guys, or anyone. But obviously, we know they know how to play here.”
With Jesus Montero traded for rotation help, the Yankees only glaring need is at designated hitter. In theory, that’s an easy spot to fill, and the free agent market offers several veteran options. Brian Cashman, though, has made it clear that he’d prefer to trade some pitching for a bat.
The Yankees could also use an infielder to round out their bench.
“Obviously, we know what Johnny and (Matsui) have meant to this organization over the years, and how they’ve been successful in New York,” Girardi said. “I’m curious to see how it is all going to shake out.”
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