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Saturday morning notes: “Couldn’t have turned out better for me”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 16, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brennan Boesch has options remaining, which means the Tigers had options on the table. They could have kept him on the big league roster in a bench role, or they could have shipped him back to Triple-A Toledo for the first time since 2010 — when he played just 15 minor league games — but they instead released Boesch into a better situation.

“They did me a favor,” Boesch said. “That goes without saying that I’m thankful for them to have done that. They could have done a lot of other different things probably, but here I am now in a Yankees uniform. Couldn’t have turned out better for me.”

With a new locker that still has no name plate, Boesch settled into the Yankees clubhouse this morning and he’ll be in the lineup this afternoon. He has played eight games at Yankee Stadium in his career, and he’s hit .367/.375/.533 in those games. He likes the idea of looking out to that short right-field porch rather than the expansive outfield of Detroit.

“It’s pretty attractive,” Boesch said. “Comerica is a little different story. Obviously you have to stay within yourself and can’t get too greedy, but I’ve always loved playing there. It’s just a fact. I don’t know what my numbers are in New York, but I’ve always loved playing against the Yankees and playing in New York, it’s definitely my favorite place to play.”

Eventually, the Yankees will have options on the table. They’ll be able to option Boesch to Triple-A if there’s no room for him after Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira come off the disabled list, but for now, Boesch seems like a near lock to open the season as a big league regular.

“I’ve always been somebody that figured that your talent will dictate your status, and you’ve got to earn the opportunity to play,” he said. “That’s what I plan on doing, earning the opportunity.”

• Boone Logan threw a simulated game this morning and said he hopes his next appearance will be in a real game. He said his left elbow feels much better than it did a week or two ago. He can still feel that there’s something in there, but he said it’s not pain, just an awareness that there’s still some sort of inflammation. The better news is that he doesn’t feel it at all when he pitches. “Zero, zilch,” he said.

• According to the lineup, Boesch will be wearing No. 58.

• Interesting the Brett Gardner is batting seventh today. He has been a regular leadoff hitter all spring, including in games with Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki both in the lineup. Not sure that his move down in the order is a sign of things to come, but it certainly could be.

• Boesch has primarily played right field in his career. He said he’s comfortable in left, but based on today’s lineup, I’d guess Ichiro will be the left fielder and Boesch the right fielder until Granderson comes back.

• Phil Hughes and Adam Warren had sides today. Logan faced Ramon Flores and Rob Segedin in his sim game.

• Today’s second string:
HOME: C Bobby Wilson, 1B Luke Murton, 2B none, SS Walter Ibarra, 3B Addison Maruszak, LF Eduardo Sosa, CF Ramon Flores, RF Zoilo Almonte, DH none
AWAY: C Austin Romine, 1B none, 2B none, SS Cito Culver, 3B Corban Joseph, LF Ben Gamel, CF none, RF none, DH none

• Today’s scheduled relievers:
HOME: Mariano Rivera, David Aardsma , Cody Eppley, Shawn Kelley
AWAY: Preston Claiborne, Branden Pinder, Jim Miller, Josh Spence

• Up from minor league camp to be available off the bench:
HOME: C Nick McCoy, C Tyler Blazer, 1B Luke Murton, INF Reegie Corona, 3B Rob Segedin, OF Ramon Flores, OF Eduardo Sosa, RHP Graham Stoneburner, RHP Josh Romanski
AWAY: C Austin Romine, C Hector Rabago, SS Cito Culver, UT Kevin Mahoney, UT Ali Castillo, OF Ben Gamel, OF Neil Medchill, LHP Jeremy Bleich, RHP Tom Kahle, RHP Ryan Pope

• Tomorrow’s travel squad:
Pitchers: Preston Claiborne, Mark Montgomery, Ivan Nova, Dave Robertson, Josh Spence, Matt Tracy
Catchers: Chris Stewart, Bobby Wilson
Infielders: Walter Ibarra, Dan Johnson, Corban Joseph, Jayson Nix, Addison Maruszak, Eduardo Nunez, Jose Pirela, Gil Velazquez, Kevin Youkilis
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte, Brennan Boesch, Matt Diaz, Melky Mesa, Thomas Neal, Juan Rivera

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12 Responses to “Saturday morning notes: “Couldn’t have turned out better for me””

  1. RadioKev March 16th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Why didn’t the Tigers try to trade Boesch to the Yankees…

  2. yankee21 March 16th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Boesch is a good signing. I hope it works out because Almonte wasn’t ready and NY really had no other viable OF options against RHP.

    DET knows what it is doing, my sense is they couldn’t work out a trade so rather than continue to absorb salary they cut ties. They have developed OF options that they will hardly notice Boesch is gone.

    Gardner batting seventh is interesting. On paper he should be the L-O hitter but it seems like he struggles in that role. His value to the team will be to stay healthy, get 500 AB, get on base 36% of the time, steal 40+ bases and play stellar defense. Whatever slot in the order he finds himself in he needs to produce.

  3. RadioKev March 16th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I really think the Boesch signing is different than the Ibanez signing. They might seem similar, but Ibanez was a veteran with a proven track record. Boesch might not be a major league player.

    Of course he can have success, and it’s not a “bad” signing, since it’s so low risk, but I don’t see why we should care more about this than say… Juan Rivera.

  4. Duh Innings II March 16th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Boesch is an excellent no-brainer signing – the classic low-risk, high-reward signing.

    The nice thing about Boesch is he will push Hafner to be productive even more.

    ‘Say Granderson returns on June 1, Boesch is hitting .300 with a .340 OBP and 8 HR (a 24 HR pace by months, Hafner only .250 BA and .320 OBP with only 5 HR. Boesch becomes the full-time/primary DH and Hafner is released.

    I don’t care what anyone says, I think Boesch (RF) and Rivera (1B) are solid placeholders and more than capable of giving the decent or better production for the first two months. Of course they’re not Granderson and Teixiera, but that’s a given. Baseball is the only sport where often than not a margina player, hasbeen, whatever can hit/play like Willie Mays for a week or a month. I would be thrilled if each guy had a great month and a bad month because at least we’re getting two great months – a player’s worth of great months – between them.

  5. RadioKev March 16th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I just can’t help raining on parades. Maybe it’s the Irish man in me. (Rain? Parades?)

    But seriously, there’s been a more positive response to this Boesch signing than the Hafner signing! Keep them expectations low! ;)

  6. Bronx Jeers March 16th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Why didn’t the Tigers try to trade Boesch to the Yankees…

    ——————-

    They probably did. But why give them a player when they can just wait to see if he gets released.

  7. RadioKev March 16th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Hafner’s last two injury addled seasons:

    G 160 25 HR 91 RBI .259/.355/.445

    Boesch last season

    G 132 12 HR 54 RBI .240/.286/.372

    Alright, gotta go!

  8. Doreen March 16th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I am always hopeful that whomever the Yankees sign will prove to be a successful contributor. But there is really no reason to be any more excited about Boesch than any other candidate the Yankees have on hand.

    Especially if what I read about his defense (not good) is true.

    At any rate, I am actually happy about the way the Yankees have played in the last week, specifically the pitching. I think they can be fine this season. It is important to remember that Granderson will definitely be back sooner rather than later. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on Teixeira. Who knows about ARod, but he’s the least of my concerns (wow, who’d a thunk that a just a couple of years ago????).

  9. Shame Spencer March 16th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    The WBC is just.. ugh. Most of the Asian professional baseball leagues along with those in Europe use July for their All Star game just like the US.

    Every 4 years, MLB should play a shortened 140 game season and eliminate the ASB to play the WBC in July. It serves multiple purposes:

    1) Players are conditioned when the competition begins.

    2) There could be incentive for more players to participate, and (more importantly) for MLB teams to support that decision, by moving the WBC rounds to different MLB parks in the summer when the weather is favorable.

    3) The MLB seasons that year could be a lot more exciting with the prospect of playing 22 less regular season games. It would make the push to October intense.

  10. yankeefeminista March 16th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I am hoping Cito abandoning the switch hitting, and batting solely from the right side will help his offense.

    Heading to work. Go Yanks!

  11. Bronx Jeers March 16th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Too much money at stake to shorten the season.

  12. Don March 16th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I have a question about Teixeira’s injury: did he bring it on with his weight lifting and other training routines–swinging heavy bats etc.? How can a player get a strained wrist before the season even starts?

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