It’s been a tough year, injury-wise. Damon has returned from his recent shoulder injury, courtesy of a crash into the plexiglass portion of the left field wall and Richie Sexson provides some needed pop from the right side of the plate but the likely losses of Matsui and Posada for the remainder of the season is too much missing production to do without.
The Daily News reports that they’re looking at Pittsburgh outfielders Xavier Nady and Jason Bay. Bay has bounced back strongly from his off-year in 2007 and is signed through 2009 for a very inexpensive $7.5m. He could fill the offensive void this year and might possibly free the Yankees from having to re-sign Bobby Abreu, who is in a walk year in which he made $16m. Of course if Bay doesn’t have a right fielder’s arm this might not be the best way forward, especially considering rumored asking price:
According to various industry sources this week, the Pirates want two high-level young players and a second-tier prospect in any trade for left fielder Jason Bay
That would be more than the Twins got for Santana in the offseason, though the current market for Bay is much different than the market for Santana was over the winter and of course a team that obtains Bay gets him for one and one-third seasons for around $10m, compared with the huge payday shelled out for Santana.
There’s also a report on the Yankees website that Posada is mulling whether to have season-ending surgery on his shoulder or to continue playing, taking starts at to DH/1B whenever he can. Delaying the surgery, according to Girardi, might mean that Posada won’t be fully rehabbed in time for spring training in 2009. The writer claims that the shoulder injury primarily impacts his throwing and doesn’t affect his hitting much but a check at Posada’s power numbers suggests otherwise. In 13 games this month Jorge is hitting .214 with an anemic .262 slugging percentage.
The Daily News also notes that the Yankees are looking for pitching help and have discussed starters Jarrod Washburn, Bronson Arroyo and A.J. Burnett and relief pitchers Damaso Marte and Brian Fuentes among others. Sports Illustrated has a piece about the Yankees negotiations for Washburn.