Rich Aurilia Wants to Play for Yanks, Mets

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.

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6 Responses to Rich Aurilia Wants to Play for Yanks, Mets

  1. Well they do have Johnson and Swisher who can play first base as well.

  2. Dan LaTorraca says:

    Very true. I'd also be fine with having Kevin Russo and Pena on the roster, but the club would definitely benefit from having two infielders on the bench – if possible. It may be tough to do that however.

  3. I think he’s a better fit for the Mets than the Yankees. He’s not going to be better defensively than Ramiro Pena and offensively it’ll probably be close if not the same. Besides, with his injury issues he’s right up the Mets alley.

  4. Dan LaTorraca says:

    Well, in the article he talks about how the injuries last season were not real and he got a chance to use 2009 a “rest” season – which is encouraging. The best use for him would be as a backup first and third baseman – whereas Pena would backup shortstop, second and third.

  5. Big-time pass on Aurilia. Rob is right on Pena’s defensive abilities vis-a-vis Aurilia.

  6. Jeffrey says:

    Hey, my grandfather wants to play for the Yankees too. But he's too old.