Because of how pathetic the Yankees offense has been, their corner outfielders and DH’s in particular, there has been a lot of speculation that the Yankees could sign him. Again, it’s all speculation and there are no solid rumors, but it has enough people talking that it got me thinking.
I don’t see it happening though. For one thing, it’s not like Brian Cashman to sign a me-first player like Ramirez. He might like players from the 2004 Red Sox, but he likes good clubhouse guys more. And when the Yankees were in a similar situation in 2008, when Barry Bonds could have helped the team, they never even seriously considered it. I expect them to do the same here and pass.
Besides, there is no reason to think that Manny could help this team even if he was signed. He’s now failed three steroid tests, he’s 41-years-old, and has pretty much been out of baseball for two and a half years now. The last time he played semi-regularly he hit .298/.409/.460 which is solid for a player who was 38-years-old at the time.
What do you think? Should the Yankees sign Manny as a corner outfielder/DH? Is he too old and washed up? Or is he just not worth the headache?
NEWS & NOTES
• Vernon Wells has hit a pathetic .178/.201/.270 in 44 games since May, but he thinks he’s found a mechanical adjustment in his swing that can help things. He’s worked with Kevin Long to get his hands closer to his body. I don’t expect any big changes, but we’ll see.
• Kevin Youkilis underwent surgery to repair a hernia in his back on Thursday. It’s expected that he’ll miss 10-12, but back injuries can be tricky and nobody knows what the actual date of his return will be.
• Alex Rodriguez took batting practice on Thursday for just the second time since his offseason hip surgery. He saw 25 pitches and took six swings. He’s also doing agility drills and running. At least one Yankee official said his rehab has been “fantastic” so far.
• Michael Pineda made his latest rehab start on Thursday for Single-A Tampa. He threw 73 pitches in four innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits, three strikeouts and a walk. “The [good] thing is my shoulder is feeling good, everything’s doing well,” he said after the game. There has been some speculation that the Yankees could activate him from the DL and option him to Triple-A before his next start.
• Eric Jagielo, the Yankees first round pick (26th overall), has been out since injuring his groin while in extended Spring Training, but he must be getting closer to a return as he’s been assigned to the Single-A Charleston. This doesn’t make anything official, and he hasn’t even reported to Charleston yet, but it means he’s likely skipping Single-A Staten Island. Fellow first rounder and third base prospect Dante Bichette Jr. could be demoted as a result.
• The Yankees signed minor league first baseman Andrew Clark and assigned him to Double-A Trenton. Clark, 25, was drafted in the 13th round of the 2010 draft by the Texas Rangers, but has spent this season with an independent league team. He’s pretty much organizational filler.
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