Yanks to Sign Johnson, Next Up DeRosa?

If Twitter had a ‘like’ button, I would definitely have liked Buster Olney’s tweet this morning.

mark-derosaIf Johnson passes physical,NYY will move on to next targets — definitely a starting pitcher, and quite possibly Mark DeRosa, if $ are right

I like all three points he makes.

  1. The Nick Johnson signing secures the DH spot and helps bring back some of the offense lost from Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui. It does leave Melky Cabrera for left field, which wasn’t my preference, but it’s only a minor concern.
  2. Olney’s use of “definitely” excites me. There have been reports of the Yankees being “very interested” in Ben Sheets, so I’m guessing he’s going to be the guy. I would much rather have the big money go to Sheets than Damon.
  3. DeRosa is an interesting guy because he’s very versatile but also is looking for a big contract. Normally, big contracts go to guys at steady positions (Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, etc.).

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2 Responses to Yanks to Sign Johnson, Next Up DeRosa?

  1. Jimmy Dugan says:

    Mark DeRosa is a BAD idea. For what he is asking, he would have to be the every day LF, and thats just not an ideal situation. Either pony up for Holliday or find a stopgap to sign Carl Crawford next year.

  2. Exactly what I’m thinking. DeRosa would be making about as much as Swisher and Granderson and wouldn’t be providing nearly as much as either of them. If they get him for about $3 million for 1 year I’m down and that just isn’t going to happen.