Should the Yankees target Juan Rivera?

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At FanGraphs yesterday, Dave Cameron mentioned Juan Rivera as a free agent bargain. The 30-year-old will hit free agency for the first time this off-season, though his stock is far from its highest. His 2007 and 2008 campaigns left much to be desired, the former being dramatically shortened after breaking his leg during winter ball, the latter due to the Angels having a logjam in the outfield and only getting him 280 trips to the plate. In those 280 appearances, though, he hit a paltry .246/.282/.438. Not much of a contract year performance there.

Presumably, the Angels will let Rivera walk. They already have Torii Hunter, Gary Matthews, and Vlad Guerrero under contract for 2009, they have Reggie Willits to fill in as a 4th outfielder, and there’s a chance they could bring back Garret Anderson, whose 2009 option they declined yesterday. With those options, plus Rivera’s ineffectiveness, the outfielder could find himself in a new home in 2009. Why not bring him home to the Bronx?

Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m not advocating we sign Rivera to replace Bobby Abreu, per se. Given his issues, Rivera could be a cheap signing this winter. A few teams may be in for his services, but it’s not like he’s going to score a 3-year, $15 million deal anywhere. Likely, he’ll get a year and maybe an option, and a salary, I dunno, below $2 million, maybe with some incentives. That’s just a guess, though. You never know what’s going to happen during the Hot Stove.

Ideally, the Yanks get Rivera as their fourth outfielder. This leaves them with Damon in left, Melky/Gardner in center, Xavier in right. Rivera is mostly a right fielder, so when he plays Xavier can move to left and Damon can shift to center or play DH. Or Xavier sits. There are plenty of ways the Yanks can work this. It means that both Melky and Gardner start in center field — one for Scranton-Wilkes Barre, though.

We do know that Rivera had skills, and could bring it at the plate. Those skills have certainly eluded him over the past few years, and there’s no guarantee that they’ll come back. Say they do, though. Say he takes to an off-season workout and comes into camp ready to hit like he did in 2006. You then have a good problem on your hands. You can play him in right, Xavier in left, and then have three center fielders to choose from. You can dish Damon to a team whose center fielder bites the dust early. You can put him in center and hope that your offensively superior outfield can hang defensively. The chances of this are slim, but it’s still a possibility. That’s why it’s called a flier.

Outfield certainly isn’t the top priority of the off-season, but the Yankees could pull a small move like this in order to give them some flexibility and open up their options. Rivera is a guy who has the potential to start, but you can live with as a bench guy. Even if his best years are behind him, he still has some power — he hit 12 homers in those 280 plate appearances. It’s doubtful any team pursues him as a starter, so teams should be on pretty much even ground. Since the Yankees have the financial advantage, they could probably pull him in if they really wanted. I think they should. Do you?

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  • steve (different one)

    yes.

    if he is indeed looking at the type of deal you mention, and i don’t know if he is or not, it would be a very smart pickup.

    he’d be a great bench player.

    • JD

      I said that the Yanks should sign him before anyone else did! I posted it on the thread where there was talking about getting Cameron.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Agreed. You can’t count on Matsui to play the field, and it’s inevitable that Damon will run into a wall and miss some time. When that happens, they’d be left with a Melky-Gardner-Nady outfield. Yikes.

    Rivera would be a nice and cheap insurance policy, plus he gives them a legit RHB off the bench. At worst, he’s Morgan Ensberg v2.0 and they cut him in May.

    • Count Zero

      Agree on all counts.

  • this is the david

    I m with it…

    Todays Bargin FA (David Ross) might be a good choice for us as well

  • Steve S

    Sounds good, but he may given a clear shot to start for some other teams – see the team in Queens. I would think he would take a spot where he is either guaranteed a starting spot or a better chance to get 500 ABs. But if not, definitely bring him back.

  • aaron empty

    yeah take a flyer, but only if its cheep, otherwise dont bother. i doubt hell be any good this year but you never know i guess…i guess anything is better then melky

  • Nick

    Agreed. Low Risk High Reward move.

    One minor quibble with the post: both Gardner and Melky won’t be starting center fielders. The starter in Scranton will be AJax.

    • dan

      Good point, although it doesn’t really matter if Melky plays CF or LF in Scranton

    • rbizzler

      Has it been announced that Ajax is going to start the year in AAA? I was under the (admittedly uninformed) assumption that he would start the year in Trenton. Mike, anyone?

  • Mike P

    This is the area where Boston has killed the Yankees in recent years. The Yanks need to bring in bench depth and rest their older starters more. Sure, everybody loved guys like Miguel Cairo and Bubba Crosby, but the reality is the Yanks need to have guys who can step in and not dramatically hurt the lineup. The roster/lineup has been far too set in stone in recent seasons, and the lack of flexibility hurts. Bring in a few guys who can play 40-50 games a year (or more if necessary) and rest the likes of Jeter, Matsui, Damon, Posada, and whoever else is getting up there in age more often.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m pretty sure everyone hated Miguel Cairo.

      • r.w.g.

        in fairness to cairo, he was pretty decent that one year. somebody had to fill in and he made the plays and hit a little bit (for average anyway).

    • AndrewYF

      Oh please, Boston’s bench this year consisted mainly of Alex Cora, either Ellsbury or Crisp (sometimes neither, as they have started games together), and Sean Casey, who hit a bunch of singles then had to be pinch-run for, only if he was healthy. Oh, and Mark Kotsay, who hit .226.

      I agree the lack of flexibility hurts, but let’s not assume that just because a team has a high payroll, that they can, or even should plan on having $10 million bench players.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Yes, but they’re Boston and we’re not.

        Every Boston move = sheer brilliance
        Every Yankee move = dumbest thing since the Chia Pet

    • AndrewYF

      Also, the Yankees either have a lineup that’s too ‘set in stone’, or Girardi’s lineup isn’t consistent enough.

      Just like the Yankees don’t rely on youth enough, and then they rely on youth too much.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Joe Girardi = Capt. John Joseph Yossarian

        • Reggie C.

          Does that mean Hank is PFC Wintergreen ?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Boston has “killed” the Yankees in recent years because their pitching has been better than ours. The bench, while a factor, has little to do with it in the end.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Alex Cora wins games, though.

  • jsbrendog

    yessir, i like it

  • CB

    Rivera would be a very good risk. His broken leg was a very severe injury (it was his femur that broke I believe). But over time broken bones will heal. As Cameron pointed out Rivera was much better the last three months he played than when he initially came back.

    If Rivera is close to back to his baseline they could play Nady in LF and Damon in CF. Against teams with speed that would expose Damon in CF they could rest Damon and play Gardner/ Melky.

    Rivera would also be good moving forward. Damon and Matsui will be gone after 2009. Nady will be a free agent. They need corner outfielders badly – none in the system. If Rivera has a good season in 2009 it would be easier for them to bring him back on a new deal.

    But when you focus on big names (as the yankees will this off season) it’s very easy for smaller moves like a Rivera to fall through.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    Should we target Juan Rivera?

    HELLS YEAH, WE SHOULD TARGET JUAN RIVERA!!!

    • dan

      that’s really funny, but I don’t get what it has to do with Rivera

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        “Target”, as in shoot. It’s just what popped in my head when I read the post headline. Now that I’ve explained it, it becomes that much less funny (and it wasn’t all that funny in the first place.)

        Reporter: “What do you think of your team’s execution, coach?”
        Buccaneers Coach John McKay: “I’m all for it!”

  • http://Melancon Andy

    I like it a lot better than giving up the farm for the overrated Holliday or the cancer Manny. Gives AJax a year to develope, and Melky/Gardner a window to prove themselves. At worst, it upgrades the bench, and in particular with right handed hitting, with power. Cheap, low risk option for the outfield which lets Cash focus on the rotation and 1B. How great would it be if the Yanks moves were CC, Tex, and Rivera, while bringing back Moose and/or Pettitte on short term deals. Best case scenario in my opinion.

    • AndrewYF

      Plus, Rivera is already a “true Yankee”, so no worries on that front.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Maybe we can bring back Ruben Rivera while we’re at it. Just keep him away from DJ’s locker.

  • kgSturnz0r17

    very underrated player, get him; 1+1 yr deal 2mm+incentives?

  • Mike Pop

    No as nomaas said Adam Dunn should be one of our targets

    • dan l

      I think Dunn would be amazing at Yankee Stadium. He never played on a winning team until being traded to the Dbacks. I can’t imagine what it must be like to continue to play for teams that are completely out of the race by mid season. Dunn hit for average in the minors so there is hope there.

      I would love to have his production 40, 100, 100, 100 which is hr, r, bb, rbi.

      • Mike Pop

        Ya and I bet he could play a bit of first, at first I didnt like the idea of him but been thinnking bout it lately and I think he could mash in Yankee stadium with our short porch…. Arod Dunn back to back is solid… 4 yrs 68 mill ?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Dunn would be a distant, distant option #3 in my mind, behind Texy and Manny. We’ll have to see what his contract demands are…

          • radnom

            Distant behind Manny?

            Manny shouldn’t even be an option, he is signing for at least 4 years somewhere and it better not be here.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              But the next 4 years of Manny, even at an advanced age, will probably still be better than the next 4 years of Dunn. That’s why he should be an option.

              Dunn’s career: .247/.381/.518 (130 OPS+, in the NL)
              Manny’s career: .314/.411/.593 (155 OPS+, in the AL

              • EdB

                Dunn won’t tear apart the team either. That being said I’d take Manny if only to test Jeter’s abilities as Captain. If he can keep Manny at least pretending that he cares it would be a feat.

                All kidding aside….Def Manny. I don’t doubt that he will be a force at 40. He stays in great shape and works very hard on his hitting. Give me Manny at DH for four years.

            • Bo

              You’re delusional if you think Cashman would ever consider signing Manny.

              • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

                Brian Cashman is intelligent enough to put wise reasoning before blind passion.

                Manny’s extremely good, and can fill a huge need on our team. You don’t dismiss such players out of hand, simply because there’s a rivalry involved.

  • dan l

    Only go after Rivera if the cost of Ryan Spilborghs is to high. Does anyone know for sure whether Melky has an option left?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Isn’t Spilborghs under the Rockies control for like two more years? He’s only played 4 seasons in the bigs, and he’s not in line for any massive arbitration contracts that would force them to move him…

      Spilborghs would cost prospects. Rivera costs nothing but money.

      • dan l

        I chatted with the Rockies AAA GM a few times (friend of a friend) and he didn’t think the Rockies are all that keen on keeping Spilborghs. Even if they trade Holliday they still have Seth Smith and Dexter Fowler ready now. Smith is a better bet to replace Holliday over Spilborghs with Dexter Fowler going to Cf. Taveras makes a better 4th outfielder over Spilborghs because of his speed imo.

        Spilborghs can play all 3 outfield position so can Rivera do that? The Yankees have a few relievers to trade such as Veras so maybe a deal can be worked around him plus.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Okay then, If they’ll really deal him without demanding a ransom, I’ll bite.

          Wait, the Rockies have an AAA GM? Really? Why?

          • dan l

            Team official I don’t remember his specific title but he is in charge so is that AAA team president then? Is there really that huge a difference in gm/team president?

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              I’m just saying, the Rockies have a GM. AAA teams may have team presidents, but they have negligible power. They’re there to make deals with hot dog vendors and plan Fitted Hat Night giveaways. Only the big league club gets any real say in player moves.

              Jeremy Ruby is listed as the Executive Vice President/COO of the SWB Yankees, but he’s not about to tell Brian Cashman “Hey, I don’t like this Matt Carson kid, let’s trade him.” Cashman’s telling him to fuck off and go buy a new mascot costume.

              So, perhaps the Rockies really have soured on Spilborghs and really would trade him for a non-elite prospect, but if you’re getting that from a source from the Colorado Springs SkySox and not from Dan O’Dowd’s office, take it with a grain of salt. They’re in the loop, but it’s far from the inner sanctum.

              • dan l

                Dude who would know more You, Me or the SkySox team president? The guy loves baseball and was a lot of fun to talk too. I asked about Spilborghs and he said that with both Seth Smith and Dexter Fowler coming up Spilborghs could be gotten.

  • Steve K

    I have been saying for awhile now that Rivera should be a target. He can play left too. Trade Damon.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I’ve been advocating a trade of Damon for a while, but I’ve been thinking lately: who plays left field? You can’t bank on Rivera being good enough to start. Unless they sign Adam Dunn, which I highly, highly doubt, it looks like we’re going to need Johnny.

      • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

        Who hits liead-off?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          The Cap’n.

          • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

            Robbie 2nd? And didn’t we sign Damon to get Jeter out of lead-off?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

              I could go Jeter-Cano-Alex-Dunn-Tex-Jorge-Nady-Matsui-Gardner

              Might be wishful thinking, though, getting Dunn AND Tex.

              • EdB

                I could never advocate Dunn getting more ABs than Tex. I’d say Tex/Arod/Dunn and swap Cano and Posada

            • steve (different one)

              And didn’t we sign Damon to get Jeter out of lead-off?

              did we?

              i thought we signed him because we needed a CFer.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Why trade Damon instead of Matsui? You’re not going to get anything of great significance for either one, but Damon is less of an injury risk and a better offensive performer.

      If we’re going to dump one for roster flexibility purposes, it’s gotta be Hideki. But I agree with Joe; dumping either just because we signed Juan Rivera isn’t smart. Rivera is a backup and not a starter.

      • radnom

        Because you could possibly get something of significance for Damon. For various definitions of “significance”. Matsui on the other hand has absolutely no trade value coming off that second knee surgery, not too mention if he can get healthy he would do a lot to improve this offense from where it was last year. They definitely missed Posada the most but I think that has overshadowed the loss of Matsui which wasn’t insignificant.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Well, show me who’d take Damon and what they’d give us, and maybe I’ll buy it.

      • EdB

        Matsui generates a lot of revenue for the team overseas. I dont’ see him playing anywhere other than NY. While he may just be a good player here over there its the greatest player in their history playing for the greatest franchise in baseball. It wouldbe like an American becoming Captain of Manchester United. (Sorry I don’t watch Soccer and couldn’t make a better referance).

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          I think this argument is overblown. We’re the Yankees, we’re already a global brand. Is it nice to have a few bucks kicked in by Yomiuri for that snazzy billboard in left? Sure, but we’re still going to be printing money in 2009 regardless.

          If the Japanese revenue stream was such a concern, wouldn’t we have to re-up Matsui when his contract expires next November? Wouldn’t we have to keep signing big-name Japanese stars into perpetuity?

          • EdB

            Not neccesarily. On merchandising alone Yankees 55 probably generates significant revenue. Throw in the TV rights, ad sponsorships , etc Matsui probably almost pays for himself.

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              So, again, then, your argument is that we shouldn’t get rid of Matsui in 2009 because of all the merchandising and advertising revenue he brings in.

              Does that mean we have to resign him for 3 more years when his contract expires, when he’ll be a 36 year old DH hitting like .260/.320/.390 with fiberglass knees? Just because some Japanese TV stations have some simulcasting partnerships?

              I agree with you that Matsui is a financial boon due to his overseas celebrity status. I disagree with you that we should dissuade ourselves from making smart baseball decisions, such as being willing to jettison a broken and past-his-prime 35 year old DH in the final year of his contract, simply because of a financial boon due to an overseas celebrity status.

              • EdB

                I’m not saying keep him any longer than his current contract. I have a feeling he’ll go back to Japan at that point anyway. My point is that the money saved for his level of production (assuming he plays) can be better applied to other FAs this year. There are plenty of good ones.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Just wait though, if they do sign Rivera, we’ll be bombarded with “why did they let him go in the first place!!1!11!” articles from the tabloiders.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

    I think Matsui should be coming off the bench and we should find a YOUNG reliable catcher with Posada at DH, Tex 1B. Of couse, we’ll find out if a catcher is needed after Dec 1st.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Young reliable catchers don’t grow on trees.

      • jsbrendog

        except in texas where nolan ryan has a tree in his backyard

        • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

          IPK for Salty

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Hey, look kids, Big Ben, Parliament.

  • Mark

    One word on Rivera: No. Have too many outfeilders, and if you’re looking for a bench player – fill from within. On a related note — anyone else watching BJ Upton in the playoffs and thinking Austin Jackson a couple of years from now? Very similar athleticism and minor league numbers.

    • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

      That would be IDEAL! We can only hope…

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Have too many outfeilders [sic]

      No, we don’t. We have one – Xavier Nady. Supplementing him, we have Johnny Damon, who probably needs to be DH’ed aggressively to stave off injury/fatigue and who can’t play CF anymore; and Brett Gardner, who may not hit. Melky will be in Scranton until he proves he isn’t a trainwreck anymore, Matsui is nothing more than a DH, and Abreu is a goner. That’s three outfielders… possibly two and a half.

      and if you’re looking for a bench player – fill from within.

      With what? Cody Ransom? Justin Christian? Shelly Duncan? Matt Carson? Really? Do you really want our 4th and 5th outfielders to have a collective OPS+ of 37?

      • Mark

        Rivera can’t play CF, so that leaves you with the following corner outfielders under contract: Damon, Nady, Matsui, and Rivera (if signed). Matsui will be almost full time DH, which leaves you with Damon in left, and Nady in right. I’d rather have some speed and defense (Christain), power (Duncan), or later in the year someone like Ajax (if he’s tearing up triple A) than an older role player who can’t do much of anything taking up time/space as utility player.

        All things being equal — if we’re going to have the problem of too many corner outfeilders — resign Abreu — so we have corner outfeilders who can all hit if healthy (Abreu, Matsui, Damon, and Nady are all superior to Rivera at the plate).

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          You’d rather give three years and 12-16M per year to a declining Bobby Abreu than give a year or two and less than 2M to Juan Rivera? That’s crazy.

          And please, stop listing Matsui as a corner outfielder, it distorts your argument. Matsui is a corner outfielder the way David Ortiz is a first baseman.

    • steve (different one)

      One word on Rivera: No. Have too many outfeilders, and if you’re looking for a bench player – fill from within.

      why?

      this whole thing is based on the premise that he would make less than $2M.

      is it worth having a shitty player like Christian on your bench to save $1M?

      sure, if Rivera is going to take $3-4M, i see your point. for $1.5M? improve the team wherever you can.

  • E-ROC

    What about Garret Anderson? Could be a good option if he doesn’t re-up with the Angels.

    • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

      We already have him, his name is Godzilla.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Matsui is much better than Anderson, when Matsui is healthy of course. There is no reason to sign Garret Anderson. The Yankees clearly have much bigger needs to address and he’s not an impact player anymore, anyway.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      We already have an outfielder capable of posting a sub-.300 OBP. His name is Melky Cabrera.

  • steve (different one)

    the Yankees would probably pick up a few wins just by signing Anderson and sending him to AAA, simply to not have to face him 10 times a year.

    the dude is an average player who turns into Barry Bonds when he sees Yankee pitching.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      “the dude is an average player…”

      Actually, his OPS has been below average 3 of the last 4 years, and in the only “above average” OPS season of those 4 years he managed to play in only 108 games. And he’ll be 37 next season. He’s cooked.

      • steve (different one)

        i don’t disagree.

        but he has still hammered the Yankees the last few years.

        .432/.432/.591 in 2008
        .500/.519/.885 in 2007

        also, i was joking around.

  • http://nyyu.blogspot.com Mike

    Pass.

  • Bo

    They can do a lot worse for a 4th OF than Rivera.

    A good bench should be a priority this off season because it wouldn’t kill us to have one.

  • nick blasioli

    forget rivera…we dont need another outfielder…we need to add power and defense….tex and pitching….we have to replace abreu..and giambi……

    • Bo

      Forget having a good and versatile bench??

      Haven’t we learned anything these past few years?

    • steve (different one)

      what does this have to do with picking up Rivera for the bench?

      it’s a completely independent decision from signing Teixeira or Sabathia.

  • Bill

    Nady could play play 1B, and rivera could play RF. Also, Mirana could get some time at 1B, and Nady could play RF when Mirand is at 1B.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Again, none of this is predicated on Rivera being a starter. If Juan Rivera has more than 300 plate appearances for the Yankees in 2009, that’s probably going to be a bad thing.

      I don’t want to be moving Xavier Nady to first just to get some burn for Juan Rivera.

  • Carlos

    I guess you forget that he was a Yankee once before. He was unceremoniously canned for stealing from a teamates locker room; who happened to be Derek Jater’s. You might forget but I doubt the Yankees have…

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Ruben Rivera ? Juan Rivera ? Geraldo Rivera

    • rbizzler

      Ugh, I will now pour some beer for the lost sarcasm.

  • dan

    Who’s this Melky/Gardner fellow? Sounds like in your scenario Riveria would be the 5th outfielder. Get rid of Damon. Then you got a real outfield of Riveria LF, Gardner CF, & Nady RF, with Melky as the 4th outfielder.

    I look at like this. Damon was already replaced by Melky last year. And Gardner should replace Melky this year. And look, Melky’s going to get better. He’s a 23 year old switch hitter, if he wants it, he has no choice. Damon isn’t going to get better. We just saw his high water mark this year and should expect more break downs, injuries, and the like. Damon has one year left on his contract and really isn’t the same leadoff hitter he used to be. Gardner is the real deal and the base swiping weapon we’ve lacked for about 20-25 years now. A team like the Cubs could match up for a Damon, maybe?

    But if not, there’s no real need to get Riveria IMO.

  • Carl

    What about Rocco Baldelli? I know he has injury problems but a 4th OF/DH role or a situational guy against LHP would limit his playing time and chances of getting hurt. He’s 3 yrs younger than Rivera and could play CF if needed. I rather give him a shot.

  • College_All_American

    Dont forget you could move Nady to first if Rivira cna get the job done in right, Ideally we would like to sign Tex, but as great as he is we dont need 2 people under contract for 10 years. I say we sign Abreu back, or Rivera let the outfielders battle it out for starting positions, nothing brings out the best like a little competition, and lets sit Nady right at first base, you could either sign a defensive first baseman for late in the games, or you could use cody ramson for this! let me know what your thoughts are!