With few obvious options available to replace the injured Mark Teixeira at first base, the Yankees are becoming creative in their search. They have asked the retired first baseman Derrek Lee whether he would come out of retirement, according to a person with knowledge of the talks who asked to remain anonymous. As of Sunday night there was no deal pending, the person said, but Lee was interested and the situation could always be revisited. Lee, 37, last played in the major leagues in 2011 for the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite being hit by a pitch that broke a bone in his left wrist, Lee had a decent season, batting .267 with 19 home runs in 113 games. Lee was the 2005 National League batting champion, hitting .335 with the Chicago Cubs, and hit .281 over his 15-year career with 331 home runs. He helped the Florida Marlins beat the Yankees in the 2003 World Series. The Yankees are in a bind because Teixeira strained a tendon in his right wrist last week and is expected to miss at least two months. The Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista strained the same tendon last year and eventually had season-ending surgery. After the Yankees’ 3-0 spring training win over Toronto on Sunday, Bautista said his injury was bad enough that surgery was inevitable. But he added that if the Blue Jays had been in a pennant race, he might have tried to play through it and chosen to have surgery after the season.
Yankees Are Said to Pursue Derrek Lee as Replacement for Mark Teixeira
New York Times | Mar 11