Poll: The Yankees’ Next DH

The Yankees freed up some money yesterday by agreeing to trade A.J. Burnett to the Pirates for two minor leaguers and a total of $13MM in salary relief. They’ll save $5MM in 2012 and $8MM in 2013. Reports indicate that they’re expected to sign both Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez once the trade becomes official.

Chavez will fill out the bench like last year, but Ibanez would step in as the left-handed half of a DH platoon with Andruw Jones. Even though Spring Training is right around the corner, there is no shortage of DH-type bats on the open market as our Free Agent Tracker shows. If the Yankees were to decide to pass on Ibanez, they could always turn to Vladimir Guerrero or former Yankees Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui. Guerrero is a right-handed hitter, however. They also signed Russell Branyan to a minor league contract recently.

Given Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch and the presence of Jones, it makes sense for the Yankees to pursue a left-handed bat. Ibanez hit .245/.289/.419 overall last year but .256/.307/.440 against righties, which is good but not great. Damon (.255/.314/.401) and Matsui (.242/.318/.336) weren’t any better against righties, and in fact Guerrero outperformed all three of those guys against northpaws (.291/.315/.428). The Yankees have no shortage of DH options, but which one is the best?


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51 Comments on "Poll: The Yankees’ Next DH"


UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 6 months ago

There are plenty that are not listed that would be better.  But since the writing already seems to be on the wall Ibanez of that group would be my choice.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

It’s kinda weird hearing about the Yankees needing to shed payroll in order to sign a hasbeen to DH.

3 years 6 months ago

there is no chance for Jose Canseco to come back to the Bronx… it would only be 12 years later for the guy.

Joseph Brady
3 years 6 months ago

Bring in Barry Bonds

3 years 6 months ago

As much as i’d hate to see another Yankee get a 3,000th hit, I think the Yankees may be one of his last serious suitors. 

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Is it because of all the media coverage? Assuming Damon got 3000 hits and assuming he got it on the Yankees, there is no way he would get as much media coverage.

89 Pinstripes
3 years 6 months ago

I think there are plenty of other players out there that are better than the players listed. But Vladimir guerrero is to old he’s probly going to retire in the next couple years. But if I had to chose one of them it would have to be hideki mautsui

3 years 6 months ago

I would’ve liked to see the Yankees trading for someone young with upside. Like the Padres’ Kyle Blanks or Daniel Murphy from the Mets. Or both. 

Corey Italiano
3 years 6 months ago

That’s what they’ll do at the deadline if Ibanez doesn’t stick.

3 years 6 months ago

I hope so… I wouldn’t mind to see Blanks as RF and Murphy at 3B starting 2014. 

Corey Italiano
3 years 6 months ago

Not sure why the Padres would trade Blanks and Murphy isn’t that good…

Either way, we won’t know who will be available till June.

3 years 6 months ago

blanks in rf and murphy at 3B??? o i get it we hafta compete with the tigers for WORST DEFENSE EVER, in that case makes perfect sense

3 years 6 months ago

I think personally old friend Johnny Damon would be a good fit. Guerrero did have a higher batting average, but a lower WAR.

Such a player will only be on a 1-year deal.

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

Morse in a trade?

3 years 6 months ago

Every one keeps mentioning DH-types we could trade for and that we’re freeing up money for has-beens, but the point is that we don’t have room for a strictly DH-type, otherwise we never would’ve traded Montero. Our DH position will be a revolving door of our current aging veterans. It only makes sense to get a vet on the decline because their role will be very limited.

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

Sign Manny Ramirez. He’s the best hitter available. 

Have Chavez to DH until ManRam returns from his suspension. 

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Isn’t he going to be suspended to open the season anyway? 

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

Hence why you have Chavez and Andruw Jones splitting time at DH until Manny returns from the 50 game suspension. 

Chavez’s going to get hurt (inevitably, these things just happen) after  50-ish games anyway, and Manny can step in and mash. Hes got far, far more upside than anybody else on the market right now. 

Orlandojjk
3 years 6 months ago

I vote Vlad since they have so many lefties in the lineup already and he’s still productive.

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

I hope it is not Vlad because not sure I can wish him a good season in pinstripes.

levendis
3 years 6 months ago

Matsui, we need a guy who can hit with RISP, the Yankees have been lacking that since he left.

cano24
3 years 6 months ago

Have to factor in parks.

Damon 2011 OPS+ 110

Ibanez 2011 OPS+ 90

And Ibanez is worse in the field than Damon, and Damon runs better.

Damon is who should be the choice, but the Yankees want to pinch pennies.

jondogg2010
3 years 6 months ago

No it’s Damon who needs to lower his asking price.

jondogg2010
3 years 6 months ago

Even as a Red Sox fan, I think they should use the position to rotate players. Best best is for A Rod to only play 120 games or so in the field. Chavez can play 3rd when A Rod DH’s, Andruw can DH vs LHP, so on. I wouldn’t get 1 player to be ‘the everyday DH’.

Runtime
3 years 6 months ago

the Jays have done this with EE for the past couple of seasons… it works.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

They aren’t getting an everyday DH. They’re getting a platoon DH. And if you have a rotating DH it’s essentially giving a full seasons worth of ABs to backups. Against LHP Andruw will most likely play LF with Nunez at SS or 3B and ARod or Jeter DHing. Then with a RHP whoever they pick up will DH and I’m sure Chavez will play 3B with ARod at 3rd as well.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

My choice is Jorge Posada.  For all the crap he took from everyone he blows all of these guys out of the water against RHP last year. I guess that had run its course though.

Johnny S.
3 years 6 months ago

All of them lets just buy the lot folks…

UrkillingmeSmalls
3 years 6 months ago

“.256/.307/.440 against righties, which is good but not great.” — that’s not good.

lefty177
3 years 6 months ago

Chavez at 3B, A-Rod at SS, & Jeter DH, what’s the problem?