Infielder Rich Aurilia is apparently in a New York state of mind. He recently told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that he’d like to play for one final season and he wants to play in New York:
“We know nothing is imminent, but hopefully we keep in contact with them,” said Aurilia, who played at St. John’s. “It’s just been preliminary, but they said there could be some interest down the road. So I’m concentrating more on just making sure my body is ready. I still have the desire to compete and play. I can contribute. I’ve been throwing, swinging the bat and actually feel pretty good.”
Aurilia, who hit .213 in 60 games last season, spent a large portion of 2009 on the disabled-list, but the infielder says it was done to appease the Giants, who agreed to keep him on the team for the remainder of the season if he spent time on the DL with phantom injuries. According to the article, Aurilia has been working out and feels healthy. He’d also love a chance to play with Randy Winn again, a friend he made while playing for San Francisco. Baggarly mentions that both teams have expressed some interest in the 38 year-old.
Aurilia would be a great fit on the bench, which really lacks a true corner infielder. With the ability to play any infield position and some offensive potential, he’d be a good veteran to keep around as a pinch-hitter and backup to Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. On a minor league deal, it certainly won’t hurt to give him a chance.