The Yankees are on a spending spree in the dollar aisle today. Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton have been signed for a total of $5.5 million for the 2014 season (though Thornton is signed through 2015). They want to sign a right-handed bat to play the the infield, and it looks like Mark Reynolds could be the favorite, however, they are also interested in Jeff Baker. The 32-year-old right-handed batter has a career .267/.321/.440 batting line over nine seasons. While he might be a slightly below-average hitter overall, he absolutely clubs left-handed pitching (128 wRC+). Right now, Alfonso Soriano and Francisco Cervelli represent the only right-handed hitters in the lineup, though they do have switch-hitters in Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, and Roberts. If Alex Rodriguez is suspended and Derek Jeter is injured, the Yankees will be pretty susceptible against southpaws. Jeff Baker would be a great way to counter that.
New York Showing interest in Jeff Baker
Pinstripe Alley | Dec 18