The Yankees have signed outfielder Brennan Boesch, who was released by the Tigers last week, to a one-year deal $1.5 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. It’s actually a split contract which means he will make $1.5 million if he is in the majors and only $500K if he’s in the minors.
Boesch made a name for himself in 2011 when he hit .283/.341/.458 in 115 games with the Tigers, but he had a very disappointing campaign in 2012 when he hit just .240/.286/.372 in 132 games. He even hit poorly from both sides of the plate last year too so unless he rebounds he won’t be too useful in a platoon situation.
Boesch won’t be making up for his poor bad on the bases or in the field as he is not fast by any means and is a bad outfielder who posted a negative-12 UZR last season and is negative-22 during his career.
Since it was a major league deal the Yankees had to make room for him on the roster which they did by placing Michael Pineda on the 60-Day DL.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have released outfielder Matt Diaz.
Diaz used to crush left handed pitching, but he has been injured and inconsistent for the past few years and the Yankees must think he’s still injured. Spring stats aren’t worth much, but Diaz showed almost no pop whatsoever as he hit just .200/.250/.200 this spring — a sign that he might still have lingering injury effects.