All the talk lately has been about the Yankees signing a DH to replace Jesus Montero, who was traded to the Mariners for Michael Pineda, but apparently that isn’t the talk in the Yankees front office.
Instead the Yankees pursuit of a DH is said to be “a very low priority,” according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
The Yankees actually have two spots open on offense, not one. The most important is probably finding a backup third baseman for Alex Rodriguez, who has had more work done on his body in the past two years than at any other point in his career. It has long been assumed that they will eventually land Eric Chavez, but there are no indications that a deal is imminent.
If it’s not Chavez, it will be somebody. It’s likely that only after that will the Yankees address the DH position because like A-Rod said earlier this week, they will probably go with a rotating DH instead of signing a veteran to fill that hole on an everyday basis.
There is another thing holding up the Yankees search for a DH – the Montero deal is still not official. According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the Yankees aren’t doing anything about the DH situation now and may start to look for a deal only after the trade and the Hiroki Kuroda signing are official.
The agents for Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero, and Raul Ibanez have all called the Yankees since the trade went down. It seems as if the Yankees are going to wait all of them out and sign whomever is willing to come to camp as a non-roster invitee – with so many DH’s still left on the market it seems like the prudent way to proceed.