The Yankees haven’t done much since they landed Michael Pineda in a trade, but the general assumption was that they would add a DH and maybe even another backup infielder.
Count Joe Girardi among those that will be upset if they stand pat between now and the start of the season. This is what he told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:
“I think it will be helpful; I do,” Girardi said at Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square. “I think we’ve had a good offseason; I think Brian has done a really good job this offseason in what he’s done. But I think it’s important to our club that you add that other bat. The American League is going to be tough.
“When you think about Raul Ibanez, he has had success wherever he has [gone]. There could be other things that could happen; I can’t tell you it is going to be one of those three guys, or anyone. But obviously, we know they know how to play here.”
On getting a lefty, Girardi added, “It doesn’t have to be, but it does make some sense.”
“Obviously, we know what Johnny and Matty have meant to this organization over the years, and how they’ve been successful in New York,” Girardi said. “I’m curious to see how it is all going to shake out.”
Brian Cashman has said that he would prefer to add a bat by trading one of his excess starters, but they would probably add a veteran if they couldn’t make a deal or if one of them agreed to play on a non-guaranteed contract.