Well, now Brendan Ryan can enjoy his Thanksgiving knowing that he’s going to be with the New York Yankees for the next two years.
Earlier today, the Yankees made the contract with utility shortstop Brendan Ryan official, giving him 2-years and $5 Million. You would think that would be all for the utility infielder, right? No, he has an option for 2016 and with the incentives, the contract could equal up to $10 Million.
There’s three things that stick out about the Brendan Ryan deal:
1) The Money: Ryan is basically getting paid at the most $10 Million to play defense for the Yankees. He doesn’t have a very good bat, so $10 Million seems like a lot to pay for a utility infielder who’s only weapon is his glove.
2) The Years: A two (possibly three) year contract shows just how much faith the Yankees have in their minor league system. Corban Joseph just had shoulder surgery and David Adams didn’t really hit in the majors last season. Maybe the Yankees use Ryan as a plug to fill in the utility hole while they wait for talent to develop in the minors.
3) Eduardo Nunez: Now that Ryan has signed on to play shortstop (and possibly second base if the Yankees need him to) where does Nunez go? Is Nunez used strictly for his speed like Brett Gardner was in the beginning of Gardner’s major league career? Is Nunez traded to another team in a package deal for a starting pitcher? The possibilities about Nunez’s future are endless.
It’s still a bit surprising that Ryan’s deal was the first official signing of the offseason for the Yankees, considering he’s a backup infielder but, hey. A team’s gotta do what a team’s gotta do to fill the holes, right?