Girardi Hopes To Add One More Bat

Only one MLB team outscored the 2011 Yankees, but manager Joe Girardi wouldn’t object if GM Brian Cashman adds one more bat to the roster before Opening Day. MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Girardi suggested he’d prefer a left-handed hitter and openly discussed free agents Johnny Damon, Raul Ibanez and Hideki Matsui.

 "I think we've had a good offseason; I think Brian has done a really good job this offseason in what he's done,” he said. “But I think it's important to our club that you add that other bat. The American League is going to be tough."

Girardi said he’d prefer to add a left-handed hitter, though the club won't rule out right-handed bats. A lefty hitter would provide Girardi with a complement to Andruw Jones, who has power from the right side. The skipper acknowledged that Damon, Matsui and Ibanez have historically been strong offensive players, but cautioned that it’s too early to say which of those left-handed hitters, if any, are serious targets for the Yankees. Damon and Vladimir Guerrero appear to be seeking $5MM contracts for 2012.


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67 Comments on "Girardi Hopes To Add One More Bat"


levendis
3 years 6 months ago

it be interesting to have Guerrero on the team. The guy can still hit, and hell benefit with playing at Yankee stadium. Hell be a nice change of pace in the yankee lineup, that work counts, and take a bunch of pitches. If the Yankees are dead set on only playing 2 mill, i believe Matsui can be had at that price, i doubt Damon would settle for that little. I’m not sure about Ibanez

3 years 6 months ago

damon is at a point now where he will have to accept 1 million inorder to play. no one wants him, i mean its bad when teams are going after a guy who will have to serve a 50 game suspension over damon,vlad, and lbanez.

levendis
3 years 6 months ago

Maybe, but im sure he can get more. Thats b/c Manny has the chance of putting greater offensive numbers then all 3 of those, even without the 50 games.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Yankee Stadium would do nothing for Vlad. He’s not an opposite field HR hitter.

levendis
3 years 6 months ago

hes plays well in hitters parks, we all saw what he did in Arlington.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Baltimore is a hitter’s park and his power numbers still dropped.  

Joshua Jongsma
3 years 6 months ago

In what world does Vlad take pitches?

levendis
3 years 6 months ago

i didnt say he did, i said hed be a nice change of pace from a Yankee lineup that works counts

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, having four guys hit 20 plus homeruns in your lineup last season is not enough. Cano, Texeira, Swisher, Granderson and Alex Rodriguez (who should hit more than 20 if healthy all season) and they totally need another bat.

ARod's Ring
3 years 6 months ago

Sorry that our Front Office is not concerned with being good, but being the best. Jelly?

3 years 6 months ago

i can see them making a trade by the deadline for ethier.

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 6 months ago

I get that argument, I’m just saying it’s not like they “need” another bat. there are better ways for them to improve the team

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

It doesn’t make sense to try to make improvements?

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 6 months ago

no it does, I just think it’s odd that the Yanks think they “need” another bat when they are in really good offensive shape as is and could allocate that money in the draft or other needs. No hate here.

If it becomes evident that they need a bat midway through the season, they could always trade for one at the deadline.

Devon Henry
3 years 6 months ago

C’Mon JeDi trade Abreu. Morales is finally looking healthy (knock on wood) not to mention Trumbo and Wells.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Do they really need a DH added to the mix? Am thinking that Cashman may be thinking a bit about the age of a few of the people already on the roster and they may need that DH spot sometimes.

Not that an Ibanez/Damon type could not happen, but not a FT DH

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

He’s looking for a part-time, preferably lefty DH to complement Jones. A 1 year deal isn’t going to mean anything. Who, other than Arod, needs to DH and has a bat that MUST be in the lineup? If Jeter needs rest he can just sit on the bench.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

That was what thinking also.. Rotate Jones and Rodriquez back and forth vs lefties and then just a LH guy as a PT guy.. Not someone to get a ton of AB and can’t see someone like Damon agreeable to a situation like that, but perhaps Ibanez would?

Jeter was btw the other person thinking they may want to rest some and also rotate into the DH spot if he makes a comeback with his offense. It could get a little touchy there tho since they may try to DH Rodriquez at least once a week to keep him fresh?

rockfordone
3 years 6 months ago

Adam Done is available
two dozen baseballs (Don’t have to be new)???
PS – must pay shipping costs

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

“Adam Done”

I see what you did there….

James Moose Scott
3 years 6 months ago

Russell Branyan

DbacksAreBeast
3 years 6 months ago

he’ll put the Yanks over the top!

3 years 6 months ago

Wouldn’t it make sense to sign someone who can play more than OF or DH if needed when Arod or Jeter goes down? Nunez is pretty solid but can’t back up everyone can he?   

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Such as who?

3 years 6 months ago

Wasn’t there talk of Bill Hall to NY?

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Yes there were rumors, but let’s face it, the guy sucks.  He can’t hit.

bayareabeast
3 years 6 months ago

haha safe to say bill hall is done, youd be better off bringing back ruths dead corpse.

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

Chavez can play the field for a little while, if needed.  Assuming he’s healthy himself, which I know isn’t necessarily a safe assumption. 

kidgto67
3 years 6 months ago

Nothing more funny than trading away a guy who will drive in 100 run’s and hit 30 hr’s and than say you need more hitting.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Why is that funny?  It would make sense if anything.  It would even make more sense if that guy has actually ever hit 30/100.

bayareabeast
3 years 6 months ago

if anything..ur comment makes no sense.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Of course I make no sense, because it makes perfect sense that you would trade away offense and not want to get more. How ridiculous of them to want more offense when they traded away that much.

James Moose Scott
3 years 6 months ago

Simple math, if you trade away a DH, you need a DH.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Yes, exactly. It’s not funny, it makes perfect sense.

3 years 6 months ago

and they traded away a kid who no one knows for sure will ever hit 30 HR’s. he played what a total of 20 games? lets see how he does in seattle before saying it was a dumb move. for all we know the trade could be a win for the yankees and a loss for the mariners. just like when they traded lee to the rangers and got nothing in return. sorry but smoak has not showing much of anything.

bayareabeast
3 years 6 months ago

i agree that it makes sense that it makes no sense

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

Oh no worries, your sound logic was clear the first time.

kidgto67
3 years 6 months ago

Yanks have plenty of young pitching. No young hitting. Let’s add another 38-40 year old player. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

Even funnier when you use said hitter to acquire a possible stud pitcher. Look, I have a man-crush on Montero but the Yanks used a strength to acquire a need and they got a guy who is young and under team control for 5 years instead of a 30 + year old who might have seen their better days.

Cards_Fanboy
3 years 6 months ago

Yankees need Manny.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 6 months ago

…Banuelos to convert to a 50hr Right Fielder? Surely it wasn’t Ramirez comma Manny. #MLBTradeRumorsHumor

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Oh really? Who’s going to DH the first 50 games of the year?

Cards_Fanboy
3 years 6 months ago

Posada

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Retired and not coming back.  Thanks for playing.

Cards_Fanboy
3 years 6 months ago

One of my uncle’s friends knows Posada and he is thinking about changing his mind on the retirement and coming back.  You’re Welcome.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

One of my cousin’s friends cleans his house and he has said it’s not happening.  See, I can do that too.

Cards_Fanboy
3 years 6 months ago

One of my uncle’s friends knows Posada and he is thinking about changing his mind on the retirement and coming back.  You’re Welcome.

tiger313
3 years 6 months ago

Richie sexson.

Willjhull
3 years 6 months ago

Ankiel…perfect fit for that team…

stevlich
3 years 6 months ago

I lke Guerrero because he’s such a high energy player. His power numbers are much better than Damon’s. Matsui is the worst of those four. Too old and too banged up. I don’t want to see them bring back Damon or Matsui. Nobody is ever any good when a team brings them back for a second go around. I think Guerrero would be enough but a Guerrero/Ibanez DH duo could be awesome. Ibanez is in better shape than Damon and Matsui and he corrected a flaw in his swing over the winter. The DH shouldn’t be taken lightly and the Yanks shouldn’t fool around with rotating DHs  or Jorge Vasquez with no experience.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Guerrero – .290/.317/.416  ISO – .126 

Damon – .261/.326/.418  ISO – .156

Your comparison of Guerrero and Damon is incorrect.  Damon put up better power numbers playing in a pitcher’s park, while Guerrero played in a hitter’s park.

3 years 6 months ago

I would would like to see ibanez of vlad they can still hid and with the short porch In right field

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Vlad is a RH hitter.

3 years 6 months ago

Eh, I think you’d be better off with someone with a bit more power.

3 years 6 months ago

Like who?

Wes Whitenack
3 years 6 months ago

Ibanez DH vs. Righties and Jones DH vs. Lefties would work well for them.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Damon’s power numbers have dropped off. So who is your left handed bat in the 81 games away from YS?

DbacksAreBeast
3 years 6 months ago

type, not speak…but okay, whatever floats on your boat.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Except Figgins isn’t a hitter anymore and his defense is at replacement level.  Soriano is more valuable than Figgins.

rockfordone
3 years 6 months ago

done

roomwithamoose
3 years 6 months ago

except the Yankees have a glut of C prospects in their system, and Gary Sanchez in A ball that is seen to be better defensively than Montero (though that’s not hard to do) while having a good bat. the trade is a win for both sides because the M’s have to overpay for power nowadays, and so now have a prospect who’s known for it, and the Yankees get Pineda the FOR potential that we desperately need. 

3 years 6 months ago

He was not slated to get any regular catching time in NY…he was behind both Martin and Cervelli….he is not a good defensive catcher…at best his career will be spent DH’ing

levendis
3 years 6 months ago

Damon and Matsui are 38. Vlad is 37. Ibanez is 40. In 2010 he had a slash line of .298/.409/.460 in only196 ABs. He can be more impactful then those 4 guys. I’m not promoting him to go to the Yankees, but he can end up having the best season out of all of them.

dook83
3 years 6 months ago

It would be wild to see Manny in a Yankee uniform at the plate in Fenway…but a lefty bat like Ibanez or Damon is probably a better idea since Andruw Jones will be the DH against lefties when one of the “old” guys like Jeter, A-Rod, etc are not in that role on a particular day.

LifeLongYankeeFan
3 years 6 months ago

YES! Thank you so much lol

stevlich
3 years 6 months ago

You can’t have too much hitting. Guerrero, Ibanez, Damon and Matsui are no risk $5MM investments. They’re like municipal bonds, no risk. Nunez has shown that he’s no better than a backup. He’ll never hit over a full season, only in a fill in role for a few games. And his defense is awful.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

No risk? A $5M contract and 10 games into the season one blows a knee…your budget for a DH is gone. Or they put up less than replacement level WAR. All signings are a risk.