Rumor: the Yankees plan to replace their DH

Now that the Yankees have made the Michael Pineda trade official they can now address replacing Jesus Montero as the team’s DH.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post outlined exactly how the Yankees plan on replacing him this offseason. It involves trying to trade pitching, specifically A.J. Burnett, either straight up for a DH-type or for salary relief before trying to sign one. They will also explore trying to trade a young starter, specifically Phil Hughes, for a young, controllable bat.

Only if the Yankees fail to deal Burnett or Hughes (and possibly one of the minor leaguers if the right deal presented itself), then they will look to the free agent market for the Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui types.

I wouldn’t completely rule out them trading Freddy Garcia for a bat either.

There is about a month before pitchers and catchers report. I expect that they would like to have this all wrapped up before then, but I doubt they will rush to do anything too soon.

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11 Responses to Rumor: the Yankees plan to replace their DH

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    I'd love it if they traded BOTH Burnett and Hughes, but I'm not interested in Damon or Matsui. Fill the DH with A-Fraud, Jones and gving a rotating cast of veterans the day off from the field. Or Burnett for Bay, straight up. Hughes for pretty much anyone.

  2. john says:

    Burnett for Soriano or Carlos Lee is the best tgey can do.

  3. Michael says:

    What I don't understand is (1) that the DH is a FREE batting position – to not fill it with the best possible hitter is absurd (using it as a rest day for over paid babies is also absurd) and (2) if a great DH helps the team get to the World Series or even win such the money the team earns far more than pays the salary of the DH. Get a Prince type batter who will add to the lineup. To do anything other then get the best possible hitter is a waste of the position.

    • Tanned Tom says:

      Perhaps you also don't understand the length of A-rod's contract or his injury history since 2007. Or club's need to be under the salary cap for 2014. Oh, wait I get. You're just a whiner and don't really know anything about baseball.

  4. Mike Sommer says:

    Besides the lefty bats in Damon, Matsui and Ibanez, and also the righty bat in Vlad, there is someone else out there who we haven't mentioned yet. Derrek Lee. Just saying.

  5. Bronx_Knight says:

    Cashman has now said that he views Hughes exclusively as a starter. That doesn't really make too much sense given that we now have five starters who pitched better than Phil last year (CC Kuroda Nova Pineda Garcia).

    So it does look like Cashman is trying to set up a trade of Hughes.

  6. Lloyd B says:

    Frankly, Derrick Lee would be a good pickup–Carlos Lee they can't afford

    • Mike Sommer says:

      Should also mention that Magglio is out there, too. Once again, just saying who is available…

  7. ron says:

    The Yanks could trade AJ [16 mil.] to the Reds for Rolen [8 mil.]. The Yanks offer to pay half of AJ salary for 2012 and 2013. Rolen becomes a DH and back up 3B
    My reasoning behind this trade…..
    The Reds [1] could use another starting pitcher, [2] they have plenty 3B players on the roster Rolen won't be missed and [3] AJ might do well in the NL central division even if he pitches to a 4+era
    2013 Rolen walks.
    In the end the Yanks would eat 16 million from AJ but in 2013 they could have 8 million to spend on a free agents to fill any needs.

  8. Shavager says:

    Damon would have higher batting average than Jones, lefthanded swing tailored for Yankee stadium's short RF, he can still motor good enough to steal a base every now and then and can spell Swisher in RF. He seems like a better choice than Jones–Jones swings for homers or he strikes out, Damon can put the ball in play–easy choice here. ARod was working to get back in every day shape, not likely to DH regularly if he's at 3B, Ibanez will likely come with higher price tag than Damon. Yankees ain't gonna get Rolen, forget that idea–likely to sign a DH at cheap price lower than Ibanez's asking price. Problem with Matsui is he's a ROCK trying to run the bases, no speed, no chance of steals, no taking extra bases if it's close. While he may put the ball in play better than Jones his wheels keep him from being effective in baserunning.