Yankees Seek Left-Handed Reliever

Yankees GM Brian Cashman addressed the media this afternoon to talk about the brand new deal for manager Joe Girardi and the club's plans for the offseason.  While he didn't tip his hand too much, he did indicate that the club will be on the look out for a left-handed reliever this winter, writes Chad Jennings of The Journal News.

“If I can find a left-handed reliever who can join Boone Logan, I think that will make our choices out of the pen better for our manager,” the GM said. “It’s easy to talk about it. It’s harder to find it. Those are the obvious things that stand out for me: Continue to improve your starting rotation, find a left-handed reliever and then get after it.”

The Yankees already know that they'll be short-staffed in the bullpen to start the year as Damaso Marte will miss significant time after undergoing shoulder surgery.  Recently, our own Ben Nicholson-Smith identified five lefties on the open market this winter that can be had on the cheap.  If the Yankees are willing to spend more, however, they could pursue the likes of Pedro Feliciano and Scott Downs.


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107 Comments on "Yankees Seek Left-Handed Reliever"


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Ferrariman
4 years 8 months ago

in other words, yankees sign brian fuentes for 2yr/10million deal. seems fair(on the yankee standard).

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The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 8 months ago

I would prefer Downs

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grownice
4 years 8 months ago

as a toronto fan , yud be pleased with downs hes very reliable outta the pen.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 8 months ago

Fuentes is good against lefties but he’s a finesse pitcher w/ a 89 mph and I think the Yanks would prefer a power arm. 2/$10 is too much for a lefty specialist IMO.

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vtadave
4 years 8 months ago

It must be so easy to analyze how the Yankees will approach the Hot Stove League.

1. Identify holes on the roster.
2. Realize that there are very few holes.
3. Identify best free agents at the positions identified in #1.
4. Offer said free agents the most money of any team.
5. Problems solved.

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vinnieg
4 years 8 months ago

yeah it never gets old right?

I would love Downs hes proven he can pitch in the AL EAST. How much do you think he will want??

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moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

atleast 3/15 .

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Guest
4 years 8 months ago

few holes?

if they lose Wood…
their bullpen is awful…
plus they need a lefty
plus their starting rotation is the worst in the league almost…
DH is a problem with all their old players, mostly Posada, and Montero possibly coming up… what are they going to do?
Kearns and Thames might leave…
need OF Depth…

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4 years 8 months ago

The bullpen isn’t awful. A 3.47 ERA overall is above-average. It wasn’t only Wood that helped the bullpen. Other than the person who closes game for the Yanks, it was D-Rob, Boone Logan, and Joba who did a great job coming out of the bullpen.

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vtadave
4 years 8 months ago

Worst in the league? A bit of a stretch there…try being a Royals fan. Add a Cliff Lee to Sabathia, Hughes, and Burnett and you have well, quite a good rotation.

Bullpen is far from awful.

Yeah having Montero knocking on the door is a problem how?

Oh no, Kearns and Thames might leave? Last place time? :-) Those are easy spots to fill. I think the Yankees will be just fine.

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NYPOTENCE
4 years 8 months ago

That is an incredibly effective method. Don’t you think?????????

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Hits & Gigs
4 years 8 months ago

“If the Yankees are willing to spend more”

ha

haha

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Vmmercan
4 years 8 months ago

Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, and everyone else the Yankees have demonstrated they are NOT willing to spend on, would like a word with you.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

The first name that came to mind was Chad Qualls…Problem here, he’s not left handed. I say maybe someone through a trade or a minor league deal…Maybe someone like Sean Burnett.

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4 years 8 months ago

Scott Downs, best of them all.

Elite Left Hande pitcher, who can pitch conistently well in AL-East.

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Ferrariman
4 years 8 months ago

but is he worth a top 30 draft pick and a compensation pick to a team within the divison? i think not… feliciano seems more logical.

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EvilEmpireMember
4 years 8 months ago

The Blue Jays would not get the Yankees first round pick, that will go to the Rangers after they sign Cliff Lee.

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Sniderlover
4 years 8 months ago

Or Crawford.

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Hits & Gigs
4 years 8 months ago

or both!

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JohnPaulP
4 years 8 months ago

It would be a lot like in 2008 when the Yankees got Burnett, who was like the 3rd or 4th highest ranked player based on Elias ratings, and the Blue Jays got a 3rd round pick. The Yankees likely will sign Lee, and legitimately could sign either Werth or Crawford. If they could get Downs and give up a third rounder, they’ll do it if there is money left over (even the Yankees get hesitant when they are around 205-215m. They need to leave money for the trade deadline as well.)

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baseballz
4 years 8 months ago

You are bang on here. Yanks are totally going to sign multiple type A’s, which is fine with me, as that supplemental rounder will still be plenty valuable in the draft next year. But Cliff, Crawford and Downs and the Yankees are done for the offseason.