Friday, March 15, 2013

Cashman Finally Listens to Me, Inks Boesch

The Yankees hope Boesch strikes this pose often this year

Brian Cashman is clearly finally reading what I am writing about. A mere two days after I urged Cashman to sign Boesch, released earlier that day by the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees GM signed the outfielder to a $1.5MM deal with another $600K possible through incentives.

It looks like the Yankees outfield to start the season could very well be Brett Gardner in center field, Ichiro Suzuki in right and a platoon of Boesch and recently acquired Ben Francisco in left. Francisco could share some of those at-bats with another right-handed hitter, and the two could spell Ichiro at times in right field as well.

Boesch is a streaky hitter that can go on prolonged stretches where he is either ripping the ball or walking back to the dugout after another making out. The short porch in right-field is beckoning, however, and Boesch averages a home run every 32 at-bats primarily playing in a pitcher's ballpark.

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