I’ve suspected for a while that the Yankees whole “we’re going to start Brett Gardner in left field” talk was just that, and that eventually they’d sign a big bat out there. Remember when Bubba Crosby was going to start and then they went out and signed Johnny Damon? Yeah, that sort of thing.
Not this time, a Yankees official tells the Daily News. At least not one of the big guys like Bay and Holliday:
But missing out on DeRosa does not mean the Yankees will seek an expensive option such as Matt Holliday or Jason Bay
for their left-field opening, one Yankee official said before the deal
was made. “No chance on Matt Holliday, no chance on Jason Bay,” the
official said. “Zero. None. Underline it.”
Underline it? OK, I will. Reed Johnson. Jerry Hairston, Jr. Maybe even Brett Gardner. Believe it or not, the Bronx Bombers are going low budget here.
At least at this one position. At least until they give Carl Crawford $90 million next year.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.