Discussion: Left Field In The Bronx

The Yankees finished most of their offseason shopping when they traded for Javier Vazquez and Curtis Granderson, then signed Nick Johnson as a free agent, but the one spot left on the team that warrants an upgrade is left field. 

At the moment, Brett Gardner and Rule 5 Draft pick Jamie Hoffmann are scheduled to start the season in a defense-heavy platoon and hit ninth. GM Brian Cashman has indicated that the team is approaching it's 2010 payroll limit, and it appears they're only willing to spend about $5-6MM for an upgrade. This morning we learned that they're planning to wait out the free agent market before making any moves.

Looking at the list of available free agents, there appears to be plenty of second and third tier outfield options available. What do you think the Yankees should do about their left field situation? Should they stick with the Gardner/Hoffmann platoon, or bring in someone like Reed Johnson or Ryan Church or Rick Ankiel?


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105 Comments on "Discussion: Left Field In The Bronx"


Guest
5 years 7 months ago

wait until Johnny Damon’s price lowers and then re-sign him.

5 years 7 months ago

Jermaine Dye?

5 years 7 months ago

He can’t play defense anymore.

5 years 7 months ago

That’s certainly true, but he can still hit, and the Yankees would have Gardner to spell him late in the game.

brad1979
5 years 7 months ago

jermaine dye wont work in new york…. the position on our team we have available would only b a smack in the face to dye. he would have to bat like 7 or 8 and plus he is a right handed hitter in our stadium that isnt very appealing. dye will sign with the giants probably or the angels. i am greedy i would love for the yankees to keep things the way they r so we can sign crawford next year… o yeah we got cliff lee coming next year as well.

Kolukonu
5 years 7 months ago

I would LOVE to see Damon lower his demands, or pull an A-Rod and go behind Boras to negotiate the deal with the Yanks, and resign with them. If he agrees to a one year deal, perhaps he can still get around 7.5-8 mil a year, regardless of what Cash currently says.

However, I don’t feel like that is going to happen. Therefore, I would love to see the Yanks go after Reed Johnson. His defense is disgusting, and his career stats are phenomenal against lefties. At the beginning of the season, platoon him with Gardner in LF, until Gardner starts to perform poorly and then give Reed a shot at all-time LF.

satoshii
5 years 7 months ago

Unless we can get an actual good hitter like Damon, I’d just stick with Gardner. I mean, Ankiel?? Church?? Johnson?? No, give the kids a shot.

5 years 7 months ago

i wouldn’t sign any of those guys for more than 500K. the yankees will get equal offensive production from any combined pair they run out there.

keep yourself flexible with roster and payroll for 2011 when thy will push to add carl crawford as the LF

FJM005
5 years 7 months ago

Johnny Damon will be a NY Yankee next year. for 1 year @ 7mil. book it

jimgrand
5 years 7 months ago

whaddya think Ankiel is worth?

EvilEmpireMember
5 years 7 months ago

Damon is the ideal choice. If not, then Reed Johnson/Gardner platoon would be ok for now.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

Ankiel is worth no more than $2 million on a one-year deal.

5 years 7 months ago

let the kid Gardner play! he has a lot of speed to play a great defensive LF, and he’ll probably get on base more than most think he will. if he gives them an OBP or .325-.350, he’ll be good for at least 30 steals, phenomenal for a 9th hole hitter.

5 years 7 months ago

the thing about starting gardner is that he doesn’t get on base that much. I think he is so much more valuable as a pinch runner. You saw it in the playoffs against the twins. They pinchran gardner, he got to second. Joe Nathan tried to spin and throw to second, it ended up going into centerfield… end of story

If he can get on base at the .325 mark he would be worth it.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

What are you talking about? Gardner had a .345 OBP last year and he’s had great plate discipline throughout his minor league career (.389 OBP in the minors). A .350 OBP is certainly possible over 500 AB’s.

fonnzog28
5 years 7 months ago

If Gardner star at left same citation only sooner, if we can’t get JD let the kid start. Everyone had to start at some point.

nextyankeedynasty
5 years 7 months ago

Reed Johnson would be a great fit….He has a career OPS against lefties of .841 and last year was at .903…..

nextyankeedynasty
5 years 7 months ago

Reed Johnson would be a great fit as a platoon with Gardner…..Reed has a career OPS of .841 against lefties and last year was at .903

Robert
5 years 7 months ago

Maybe look at Dye and even Vlad Guerrero, as long as the Yanks are willing to sacrifice some D. Guerrero or Dye could also DH some as well.

Nothing to worry about too much if the Yankees don’t do much, though. They could always do a trade during the season to upgrade, or even wait until Crawford is on the open market next year as Jarrod says. The cupboard is really pretty bare this offseason with free agent outfielders, so I say don’t overpay for a subpar player. Johnson, Ankiel and Church are NOT guys that I like at all in pinstripes. I am actually pretty intrigued by Rule V pick Jamie Hoffman. It could be a stroke of genious for the Yanks if he’s any good.

YanksFanSince78
5 years 7 months ago

the thing about starting gardner is that he doesn’t get on base that much. I think he is so much more valuable as a pinch runner. You saw it in the playoffs against the twins. They pinchran gardner, he got to second. Joe Nathan tried to spin and throw to second, it ended up going into centerfield… end of story

If he can get on base at the .325 mark he would be worth it.
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How can he be worth more as a pinch runner than as a guy getting 500 AB? If he can steal 25 bases as a pinch runner then he should be good for 50 if he can maintain a .350 OBP which is certainly within his abilities.

5 years 7 months ago

honestly, i just don’t see him getting on base at .350, his career is exactly a .325.

strikethree
5 years 7 months ago

His career?

You do realize that he has 425 PA’s in his career. That’s less than most other players’ individual seasons.

Last season, with 248 AB, he posted a .345 OBP. You really can’t see him doing .005 better?

Gardner’s minor league OBP: .389
I don’t expect him to post a .389 OBP but to say he can’t reach .350 based on his “career” 425 PA?

YankeeBaseball
5 years 7 months ago

If he learned how to bunt better, I could see Gardner easily attain a .350obp.

5 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t put much stock into that with it being a small sample that happens to include data from when he first came up to the majors. He has yet to play a full season in the majors. His 2009 season was interrupted with a broken thumb. In the minors Gardner never had a OBP of less than .343. In his AAA 2008 season during 94 games and 426 PA he had a .414 OBP. After the progress he made in the minors there is no reason the think he can’t make adjustments in the majors and get on base a lot.

six6six
5 years 7 months ago

give the kids a chance to play

5 years 7 months ago

Who even has a LF or LF/DH position open for Damon BESIDES the Yankees? The Giants?

Also: lol at the Yanks suddenly having a payroll “limit”.

5 years 7 months ago

My main hope, would be Reed Johnson, after that it’s a toss up. Maybe they should just save the couple million. Hoffman and Gardner could probably do ok. With that lineup, you don’t need a great player or even a veteran. I don’t know much about Hoffman, but i would expect gardner to bat .270 hit 45 rbi, get on base around .330, and get 35 sb (this is just against righties by the way).

5 years 7 months ago

Please cashman give us reed johnson. And Jerry Hairston Jr.

diehardmets
5 years 7 months ago

Jonny Gomes

rossdfarian
5 years 7 months ago

Gomes has an intriguing bat but, with the exception of 2005, was rather unsuccessful in the AL Beast. His OBP is also a bit suspect.

ryansiciliano
5 years 7 months ago

I like the idea of Jonny Gomes too. He can hit.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

What are you talking about? Gardner had a .345 OBP last year and one of his assets throughout his minor league career was his plate discipline (.389 career minor league OBP).

pat123123
5 years 7 months ago

I say get Matsui or Abreu. Oh wait… Melky for Cano and the fans? No wait… Who can we trade Nick Johnson for on opening day?