Well, something that our very own Jimmy Kraft talked about earlier today came to fruition. The New York Yankees signed outfielder Brennan Boesch, who was recently released by the Detroit Tigers, to a one-year major league deal worth $1.5 million. He gets another $600,000 in incentives at intervals of 100 to 350 at-bats.
Boesch last year had a .240/.286/.372 slash line with 12 homers and 54 RBI. He had a -1.4 WAR last season, which isn’t very good to say the least. In 2011 he hit .283 with 16 homers and 54 RBI. He’s actually someone who you don’t have to platoon. He has a.286 average against lefties, compared to just .250 against right handed pitching.
What does this deal mean? Well, he’s going to be at a corner outfield spot to start the season, with Ichiro Suzuki in the other and Brett Gardner in center. Boesch has played 241 games in right field and 99 in left so he could be in either or. It really could depend on what park they are in that day.
I think it also means that Juan Rivera will be at first with Kevin Youkilis to start at third. I think Melky Mesa will be a reserve outfielder, or maybe Ben Francisco. I think guys like Ronnier Mustelier and Zoilo Almonte will be in the minor leagues.
Is Boesch the answer? For now, probably. For the future? I doubt it, but who knows.