Recently Jim Edmonds announced that he was attempting a comeback for the 2010 season. Furthermore, Eric Byrnes was officially released from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both should figure to be cheap options for the Yankees, and a guy that could possibly take some time in left field, depending on how Brett Gardner is doing.
Frankly, I’d rather have Jim Edmonds of the two.
According to FanGraphs, Edmonds had a UZR/150 of -23.3 in 2008, two seasons ago, but in centerfield. Although he may not be an asset like he used to be, I would not be surprised to see him have much better numbers in left field, where he would spent the majority of his time. But which Jim Edmonds the hitter will be seen? He was released in 2008 by the Padres after not being able to break a .500 OPS in 90 at-bats, but rebounded with the Cubs where he had a .937 OPS with 19 homeruns in 250 at-bats.
Frankly, if the Yankees can get decent fielding and an OPS around .820, they would be more than thrilled.
Byrnes has been hit with a lot of injuries the last few years and his offensive numbers have plummeted so much that the Diamondbacks just outright released him. And even when he is healthy and “hitting,” he doesn’t do much. He has only three seasons with an OPS over .800 in his career.
However, if the Yankees are able to get a certain outfielder to drop his price, this is irrelevant.