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.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.