Don’t ask me why, but the Yankees are interested in trading for benched Angels DH Shea Hillenbrand. At $6.5MM with attitude issues and little defensive (plus questionable offensive) value, Hillenbrand is not exactly a hot commodity. I imagine the Angels would not be asking for much and would probably eat some salary.
The Yankees tossed around the idea of signing Hillenbrand last winter, but ultimately decided to go with Josh Phelps and Doug Mientkiewicz. Mientkiewicz may not return until August after wrist surgery. The Yankees have actually been using Miguel Cairo at first base. I don’t care what kind of defense he plays, that ain’t right.
Acquiring Hillenbrand would be odd, because Phelps pretty much is Hillenbrand but cheaper. The Yankees’ offense has been very good, ranking first in the AL in OBP and second in SLG. But upgrading first base would still result in even more runs scored, never a bad thing.
That’s why the Yankees should pursue an actual upgrade. Carlos Pena, Mark Teixeira, Todd Helton, and Dmitri Young could all be options. The expensive guys are obviously long shots. The Yanks could also go after Rich Aurilia or Mark DeRosa as mentioned here. Underachievers/bench guys like Jorge Cantu, Aubrey Huff, Kevin Millar, and Ben Broussard may be possibilities as well.