Red Sox and Yankees Show Interest In Wilkerson

This just in from MLB Trade Rumors, the Sox and Yankees are both showing interest in Brad Wilkerson.  According to Rob Bradford, Wilkerson is looking for 3 years/$21 Million.  Bradford thinks the Sox would use Wilkerson in the same role that Eric Hinske filled last season for the World Champions.  Wilkerson can play all three outfield positions and first base.  His best seasons in the majors came in 2002-04.  Since then he has struggled mightily at the plate.  As for the Yankees interest, I would imagine they are looking at him to be the left handed portion of the lefty/righty first base platoon with Shelley Duncan.  I say let the Sox have him.  He’s a veteran who can play defense and hit with some power, but at that price I would rather see what Jason Lane, Shelley Duncan and Wilson Betemit can give us.  If the Sox can talk Boras down from that asking price he would certainly be a good fit for them.           

6 comments… add one
  • > for the World Champions
    It hurts, because it is true.

    attackgerbil January 20, 2008, 1:59 am
  • Strange… Feels pretty good to me… ;-)

    Paul SF January 20, 2008, 10:29 am
  • Three years to Brad Wilkerson?

    sam-YF January 20, 2008, 10:36 am
  • He’s a solid fit for the Sox, even at 3 years. It’s the 7 million I wouldn’t sign up for. If Wilkerson were desperate and would take a year I might take the chance if I were the Yankees. Again, he’s not a slam dunk by any stretch,

    John - YF January 20, 2008, 11:18 am
  • Stay away – stay far away. As a lefty against right-handed pitching, he’s actually worse:
    2007: .224 .313 .444 .757
    2006: .230 .313 .447 .760
    2005: .228 .335 .402 .737
    He’s better in his career against lefties too. Duncan could give that awfulness and for 6.5 million less. Betemit too.
    I smell plant – the Yanks trying to drive up the price on the Sox. The Yankees already have a ton of left-handed hitters, especially in the outfield (Damon, Matsui, Abreu) and even Melky hits righties better.

    A YF January 20, 2008, 1:44 pm
  • Totally OT: If it’s so frickin’ cold in Green Bay, why are so many players out there in short sleeves/bare arms? Maybe to prevent other lineman from getting an easier grip?

    Hudson January 20, 2008, 7:42 pm

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