Rumor: Yankees won’t sign DH until prices drop

The Yankees want to complete a deal for a left handed hitting DH, but insist that they only have up to $2 million to spend and that prices are still too high, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Sherman reports that the Yankees signing of Hiroki Kuroda has already put them over budget so they have just $2 million left to sign a DH and listed Raul Ibanez, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, and Eric Chavez as possibilities. Ibanez has already negotiated with the Yankees once already, but did not strike a deal although it seems that one may be coming.

By the Yankees leading to Sherman what they are willing to spend on a DH, in a way they are sending a message to the four candidates signalling what they are willing to pay. Now they just have to wait to see which ones are willing to play for such little money and sign the best one.

Aside from Damon, who is rumored to be seeking $5 million, the demands of the other candidates are not known. Whoever does sign, it will probably be a deal that has between $1 and $2 million in guaranteed money plus incentives based on plate appearances.

From what it sounds like Ibanez is the favorite because he has been talked about the most, but it seems like Chavez could have the inside track as he plays third base and could also backup Alex Rodriguez. Damon might have a slight edge over Matsui just because Damon can also play in the outfield while Matsui has been a full-time DH for a while now.

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6 Responses to Rumor: Yankees won’t sign DH until prices drop

  1. euie48 says:

    I'm sorry, did you write "….. willing to play for such little money" ????? 2 mill a year to sit down for half the game?????
    how much do YOU make to be able to say "…for such little money"????

      • ken says:

        i want you to imagine the following; eric chavez signs, dh's with a-rod and 3rd. now the bombers sign ryan braun somehow via trade. now imagine this lineup; based on two one to four hitters in the lineup with the ninth being a bonus. first four; gardner next grandersson third cano, 4th braun—-next four—5th jeter,6th swisher,7th a-rod,8th tex and ninth chavez.. somehow get milwaukee to take a.j. who surprises all by winning 30 for the brew crew. ok (a.j. winning 30 for anybody is a total fantasy) just want to show no ill will to a.j. as long as it's not in pinstripes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. jay says:

    Isn't it shame that we don't have one left handed bat in the minors that could at least be part of a DH platoon? We then have to open up the Yankee check book and go into the free agent market.

    Mr Cashman has been in control for almost a decade and last season except for two catchers not one position player in either AA or AAA could be considered more that a utility player at best.

    Maybe he needs to pay more attention to his work. Let's hope he doesn't because when he does pay attention he gives us Pavano, Weaver, Javier, Burnett, Marte, Igawa, Feliciano, to name a few.

  3. Shavager says:

    I'd say Matsui's out simply because he can't motor the bases anymore, Ibanez and Damon are hitters that will prosper in Yankee stadium and both can play outfield but Chavez will be likely choice right now unless Damon's price comes down.

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