Finding cheap free talent has never been a strong suit of the Yankees. That’s why I was surprised to see them in contact with Richard Hidalgo’s agent. Hidalgo will work out for New York and could get a minor league contract. The 30 year-old outfielder was last seen in Baltimore’s spring training camp.
Though he hasn’t posted an OPS over .800 since 2003, Hidalgo is still a good low-risk gamble. It’s possible the time off helped him recover from last year’s wrist injuries. A healthy Hidalgo could still hit something like .260/.340/.480, good for a couple of cheap wins. He’d also make an above average left fielder and an average right fielder. It’s worth a shot.