At First Base For the Yankees….

Having spent two of their marketable commodities on young pitching help, and with Giambi slated for the DH slot, the Yanks are now in the market for help at first base. Andy Philips is still in the system, but it’s a good bet the Bombers are looking for an upgrade. (Also on the agenda, a backup for Jorge and some infield help.) The free agent class, with some comments:

-Nomar: Yeah, Nomar. Probably the best option.
-Shea Hillenbrand: Dumped one attitude, why pickup another?
-The other ex-Sox: Mientkiewicz, Millar, Walker. Pass, pass, pass.
-Sean Casey: Playoff hero, but 272/323/388 line not exactly inspiring. At least he bats lefty.
-Jeff Bagwell: 39 years old, likely to stay in Houston.
-Brian Jordan: 39 ears old, and he’s no Casey.
-Phil Nevin: 35, and more of a DH?
-Eduardo Perez: 37, but at least the Unit wouldn’t have to face him.
-Craig Wilson: Been there, done that.
-John Mabry: Please, Lord, no.

Slim pickin’s.

14 comments… add one
  • Oh, and one other thing, Sox Fans: J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!
    Pennington > Brady

    YF November 12, 2006, 4:20 pm
  • Don’t you mean Pats fans? Your knowledge of football continues to underwhelm.

    SF November 12, 2006, 5:53 pm
  • You take what you can get, eh Jets fans?

    Belichik November 12, 2006, 7:07 pm
  • those 1b choices look pretty bad. Nomar will be too expensive and he is an injury waiting to happen. I guess the Yanks go for Casey.

    Nick-YF November 12, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • A-Rod?
    (He couldn’t be any worse on the field at the one-bag then at the three-bag.)
    Or what about Jeter? He’s Mr. Intantgibles, Mr. Whatver’s-Best-For-The-Team. Maybe he should move across the field and give A-Rod a shot at short.

    Adam White November 12, 2006, 11:55 pm
  • …adam, it’s wierd that you’re suggesting an arod move to first…my son just surprised me with the same proposal…i also heard somewhere along the line that the yankees may try matsui at first base, so they can insert melky into left field full time…it’s been way too quiet on the yankee rumor front, so you have to believe something’s brewing [although it is early, but not even much speculation at this point]…they may be stockpiling young guys [as with the sheffield trade] in order to make some other trades…

    dc November 13, 2006, 12:12 am
  • A-Rod at first? Doesn’t that mean moving him to a place where his athletic skills are even less valuable?
    How is it that it is being discussed that perhaps the greatest shortstop in the history of baseball should/could be moved out of position twice?! Is that a statement about his versatility or fans’ fickleness? Both? Something else entirely? Why would you move A-Rod to a position where his value drops further over moving much lesser players? It makes more sense to put Jeter at first. 38 steals, 100+ runs, and a near .350 average from a first baseman, now there’s some serious VORP.

    SF November 13, 2006, 9:21 am
  • You’re assuming that A Rod would magically lose the yips if he moved back to short – not a sure thing with this head case.

    Andrews November 13, 2006, 10:30 am
  • You’re assuming that A Rod would magically lose the yips if he moved back to short – not a sure thing with this head case.

    Andrews November 13, 2006, 10:31 am
  • It makes no sense to move Jeter or A-Rod to first, and it makes no sense to put Matsui there either. As they are now, the Yanks have solid performers with solid vorps at 3 positions, plus a switch hitter who can field on the bench. Why give that up, creating other needs in the process, when they can simply fill the 1b hole through fa or trade?
    Anyway, you can be sure Alex and Derek are not moving positions.

    YF November 13, 2006, 10:42 am
  • The Jeter suggestion was a joke. Though he does have the range for first. ;-)

    SF November 13, 2006, 10:43 am
  • Is Dave Kingman ready to come out of retirement?

    walein November 13, 2006, 11:23 am
  • tino

    dc November 13, 2006, 2:18 pm
  • My Jeter call was an attempt at sarcasm. He can’t field at SS, and I suspect he wouldn’t do much better at first. But he’d probably win a gold glove there nonetheless.

    Adam November 15, 2006, 8:08 am

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