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Another right-handed option gone; Baker signs with Texas

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Utility man Jeff Baker has signed a minor league deal with the Rangers, and with that, the thin right-handed outfield market got even thinner.

Coming off a horrible 2012 season, Baker is 31-year-old with a career .296/.344/.498 slash line against lefties. The Rangers apparently view him as an infielder, but he would have fit as a platoon outfielder with the Yankees. The value of signing him to a minor league deal depends largely on whether you believe last year was a sign of things to come. Seemed to me that Baker would have been a good option for the Yankees to have in camp, but he might have seen a better opportunity in Texas.

Regardless, it’s another option off the board, leaving it more and more likely that Russ Canzler and Matt Diaz will be the right-handed outfield headliners in Yankees camp.

 
 

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12 Responses to “Another right-handed option gone; Baker signs with Texas”

  1. Chip January 26th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Regardless, it’s another option off the board, leaving it more and more likely that Russ Canzler and Matt Diaz will be the right-handed outfield headliners in Yankees camp.
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    I think with the value the Yankees place on versatility on their bench it’s going to come down to Canzler and Mustellier. Depending on what other moves happen or don’t – both of them could make the team.

  2. Tar January 26th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Good job Phillip on the Pinch hitting post.

    I forgot all about opening the paper and checking the box scores. It has been years since i’ve done that. I use to do it everyday like clockwork. Do they still even print them?

    I also use to listen to more games on radio , as well. Now I can watch on my phone. smh Progress!

  3. mick January 26th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    If Canzler or Diaz are the keys to our season we are in trouble.
    Seems like we have enough hitting and plenty of pitching to carry us.

  4. Ys Guy January 26th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    if you ask me, our opening day 3bman will be nunez with youkilis dh’ing.

  5. blake January 26th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Ys Guy says:
    January 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm
    if you ask me, our opening day 3bman will be nunez with youkilis dh’ing.

    Or when Youk is DLing

  6. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    mick January 26th, 2013 at 4:01 pm
    If Canzler or Diaz are the keys to our season we are in trouble.
    Seems like we have enough hitting and plenty of pitching to carry us.

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    Canzler could help ……just like to see some kind of a DH hitter..

  7. Duh Innings II January 27th, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Why not Travis Hafner at DH? Too much sense?

  8. jmills February 1st, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Andy Van Halen, was a good hockey ref, Van Hellemond. Scapinello!

  9. jmills February 1st, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    George Armstrong inducted in ’75. The, ” Chief “

  10. jmills February 1st, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Peter Statsny and Joey Mullen from the Penguins. Pat LaFontaine. :)

  11. jmills February 1st, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Tony Granato! – LA, King.

  12. jmills February 1st, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Bobby Orr is # 1


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