Friday, March 15, 2013

Yankees sign Brennan Boesch

Brennan Boesch, who was released by the Tigers on Wednesday finds himself in a Yankee uniform on Friday. The Yankees were quick to pounce on Boesch, who was released by the Tigers after having a dismal Spring Training and a weak 2012 season. Boesch is primarily a right fielder, but the Yankees already have a gold glove right fielder in Ichiro Suzuki, so Boesch will find playing time in left field until the return of Curtis Granderson to the Yankees lineup. At that point, Boesch will likely be optioned to the minor leagues,which is his final remaining option.

The Scott Boras client signed a Major League deal worth $1.5 million and the outfielder has the ability to earn $600,000 in incentives based on plate appearances. Brennan Boesch had a great season in 2011, batting .283 and hitting 16 homers but took a step back in 2012 with a lowly .240 batting average with 12 home runs. The lefty hitter will increase his power totals at Yankee Stadium with the short porch being at his disposal.

The Yankees are trying to find a replacement for Curtis Granderson until Granderson returns in mid-May. Melky Mesa, who is making a case for the left field job is having a fantastic spring. If he keeps it up, Mesa has a legitimate chance of making the Yankees bench as a right handed compliment to Brennan Boesch. Boesch will report to GMS Field in time for tomorrow's game.

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