Olney: Yankees have interest in Nate Schierholtz

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Via Buster Olney: The Yankees are one of nine teams with interest in the recently non-tendered Nate Schierholtz. I’ve written quite a bit about the 29-year-old outfielder lately, so I’ll just refer you back to that. Schierholtz makes a ton of sense for the Yankees as the left-handed half of a right field platoon, especially since they would control him as an arbitration-eligible player in 2014. With so many teams interested, I suppose he could sign relatively quickly.

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  • http://toyankeesbaseball.wordpress.com/ Matt

    I would love to see him in pinstripes!

  • Countryclub

    And they’re supposedly putting serious effort on Drew.

  • Terry

    Sign him and then Ichiro as the LH platoon partner and call it a day

    • Steve (different one)

      They are both LHed

    • Randy

      Nate is LH.

    • DC

      DOH!

  • Brian

    Don’t need another lefty batting OF….already have C Dickerson if they would give him a shot. Need righty hitting OF to platoon and balance all the lefties.

    • Preston

      Dickerson is two years older than Schierholz and has passed through waivers. There is a reason nobody, not just the Yankees, is giving him a shot.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Exactly.

    • JMK

      Yankees clearly don’t trust Dickerson, though I’d be interested in seeing what he can do. I’d bet he gets a look in ST.

  • forensic

    I love how this post refers you to another post, which refers you to another post, which refers you to another post before you get any real information, which doesn’t cover his second half of the season anyway.

    • JMK

      Start your own website, ass.

      • forensic

        Overreact much? It’s just funny that he’s written the same thing on two other posts rather than just directing to the main article as Matt did below.

        Calm down a little…

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I didn’t read that as a knock on Mike in the least. However, it does remind me of what would happen if, say, jjyank were to Google “Taylor Swift Naked.”

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

          LOL

          Sounds like you’ve tried that one before yourself.

    • JMK

      Fortunately, readers can turn to the “Forensic Baseball News Network,” where all of that much-needed analysis is smack dab in the middle of the page.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        There are much, much more deserving targets of this on here than Forensic.

        #rabdads

  • MannyGeee

    As nice of a player as he is, it seems like we are having trouble with the opposite side of this platoon. So, I dunno… Schierholtz is cool and all, but lets see a RHB OF.

    • jjyank

      I kinda agree. I think he is a nice piece, but a righty outfielder is more important to me. If the Yankees want to move on from Ichiro, he’s probably a good option. But they still need an outfielder who bats from the right side.

    • Ted Nelson

      That’s the easier and less valuable side of the platoon to fill.

      • jjyank

        True. Though I do think a RHB is a bit more important to the team as it is presently constructed, with Gardner and Granderson both lefties as well. I am for signing Schierholtz, but they’d still need a righty OF.

        • Ted Nelson

          I would still say the LH side of a platoon is more important, since he’d theoretically play around 2/3 the time. (Of course a full time guy would be great too.)

          There are a bunch of RH FAs they can look at: Ross, Hairston, Ludwick, Reed Johnson, Delmon Young, Jeff Baker, Brandon Snyder, Juan Rivera, Andruw Jones…

          • jjyank

            I’m not really disagreeing with you. But a right handed OF is still important, especially since Gardner and even Granderson could use a blow against lefties. And most of those options are bad or would require too large a commitment. Unfortunately there’s no perfect solution here. I’m still holding out hope for a trade for a non-platoon bat.

            • Ted Nelson

              I agree they need a RH OF, I just think it’s about the easiest thing in baseball to get. All those guys hit LHP well (most in 2012, some had bad years but hit them in 2011), and outside of Ludwick I don’t see any getting too big a deal.

              • jjyank

                I was under the impression that Ross was also seeking a multi-year deal. I think we can agree that the Yankees will be moving on from Andruw as well. I’d be cool with Hairston, but someone might offer him 2 years after the year he had in 2012. I liked Reed Johnson a lot of couple years ago, and he did put up a 117 wRC+ against lefties last year. That might be an option.

                • Ted Nelson

                  I don’t think a multi-year deal would be a bad idea. They’re going to be looking for someone next year as well.

                  I would look at one of the first three on a two year deal and then get one of the later guys or Raburn on a minor league deal. I think the Yankees should consider bringing back Andruw on a minor league deal.

                  • Preston

                    Schierholtz and Hairston seem like the ideal signings for RF at this point. If we do that and punt at C, we’re going to be losing quite a bit of offense. Maybe we can upgrade at DH to make up for it.

                    • Preston

                      I don’t know why this posted here, I wasn’t trying to reply to anyone.

                    • Cris Pengiucci

                      Probably because you inadvertently clicked the “Reply” button. :-)

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      because you’re STALKING.

                  • Laz

                    Yea, but I thik ross is looking for money as a starter, not a 1/3 of time player.

                    • Ted Nelson

                      I’m sure that’s what he’s looking for, but he doesn’t hit RHP. His career offensive stats are almost identical to Gomes. He also didn’t hit at all outside of Fenway last season.

              • Ted Nelson

                They might even manage to get two, one on a MiLB deal.

                • jjyank

                  I never say no to a minor league deal. As many options as they can get without the risk, sure, why not?

          • MannyGeee

            “There are a bunch of RH FAs they can look at: Ross, Hairston, Ludwick, Reed Johnson, Delmon Young, Jeff Baker, Brandon Snyder, Juan Rivera, Andruw Jones…”

            Fuck… That crop doesn’t make me feel that much better about the situation. Hairston being the best of a mediocre lot I suppose.

            Then again, for the kind of scratch you’re gonna undoubted throw Jerry’s Kid Brother, you’d expect him to play more than 1/3 of the time, as far as RH platoons go.

            • Ted Nelson

              Check out their splits.

              Not sure Hairston is as good as Ross or Ludwick.

  • Ryan

    Mark derosa?

    • Knoxvillain

      A few yeas ago. Not in 2013. He’s old and can’t stay healthy. On an MILB deal sure, but you can’t expect anything from him.

  • Ryan

    Ryan Rayburn would make sense

  • Scooter

    …from crazy land – RH OF Platoon – Alphonso Soriano… Don’t want him… don’t think they’re not thinking of him if the cubs pay everything… and then bat him 9th….

    • MannyGeee

      Al-who?

  • Knoxvillain

    Schierholtz and Hariston sounds pretty good to me. It’s not great but it’s cheap and it could work well with the platoon.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    3 clicks will get ya where ya want to go….

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  • Remy

    I’d rather have Ichiro

    • Ted Nelson

      How come?

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    I think I’ve been sucked in by Ichiro!’s mystique and am hoping he comes back. Purely emotional, I admit.

    Same with the possibility of trading Granderson and/or Cano. I just had a visceral reaction to that postseason shutdown.

  • FIPster Doofus

    I’d love a Ross/Schierholtz platoon in right. Ross will probably be too expensive, though.

    • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

      hairston/schierholtz

      i doubt ross accepts a platoon rule, much less the contract we could offer him

      • Ted Nelson

        I think you’re giving Ross too much credit. He’s a decent player, but a platoon player who had two rough seasons before 2012. I’d guess $4-6 mill per for 2 or 3 years.

        • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

          first off, i think he gets more than that in this market. gomes just got 2/10. and even if he does get something similar to gomes’ offer, do you think the yankees will pay that for what would amount to a platoon OF, when they wouldn’t pay 2/17 for a starting catcher?

          i sure don’t think they would.

          • Ted Nelson

            Yes, I think that they would. They’re looking to get down under $189 million, not $89 million.

            Gomes deal is right in the range I specified…

            • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

              right, and i am of the opinion that ross is a significantly better player than gomes.

              way better defensively (gomes is awful) and a better hitter against both lefties and righties. Ross hits righties well enough to claim that he is worthy of being a full-time starter, so i think he’ll get something in the range of 2/16. i feel strongly that the yanks would not pay that

              • Ted Nelson

                Your opinion is not substantiated by their stats. Gomes hits RHP almost exactly as well as Ross: 93 career wRC+ compared to 92 for Ross. Same with LHP: 141 for Ross and 140 for Gomes. Defensively I’d also give Ross an edge, but I don’t know that he’s a plus defender.

                Maybe he gets 2/16, but I would be a little surprised. That would be a higher AAV than Willingham got.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

    is it a terrible idea to offer hamilton 1 year and 25-30 million? he probably wouldn’t accept, but it seems like his market is not where he would like it to be. he could accept this to build his value higher for next year, while making great money this year.

    thoughts?

    • JMK

      That’d be great. I’d be shocked if he took the deal though.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        +1. Can’t see Hamilton NOT getting a better offer than that. Someone will offer him 4/80 or something close to that. Even given his injury history and baggage he brings along.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I don’t think one year would make a whole lot of difference with his value. The reason people aren’t going to go a lot of years on him isn’t going to change. He’ll be a year older and beat up going into 2014.

      If he’d take the deal, sure, go for it.

  • Jersey Joe

    Could Tyler Moore be a good platoon partner? I know he hasn’t proved much but he seems to be a Shelley Duncan lefty-masher, but with a bit better fielding.

  • Remy

    They should just get Ichiro. We’re missing a 3 4 hitter to go with cano. Trade chamberlain, and some pieces for morse and Ramos. Have morse be the DH and Ramos be our catcher. Jeter Ichiro cano morse tex granderson arod Ramos gardner

  • Remy

    I don’t see why u guys don’t want Ichiro. He brings needed speed ad he gets on base way more than Nate schierholtz

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You get credit for persistence, Remy. :)

    • Ted Nelson

      No, he gets on base less often. Ichiro has sported an OBP of about .310 the past two seasons, while Schierholtz’s has been above .320 both years. Schierholtz also actually hits RHP, Ichiro is pretty equally bad against both.

      I would be ok with Ichiro as a 4th or 5th OF.

      • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

        Slightly lower OBP, still no power, and no speed to go with it. And the OBP difference could have something to do with the ~50 less games Nate has played each of the last two years. I see no upgrade from Ichiro to Schierholtz except for his age.

        • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

          Whoops, meant slightly higher OBP.

  • Remy

    But he found new energy with the yankees and hit like .320. We need his speed to go with gardner. Maybe we could also sign Hairston to go with him against lefties

  • Bronx Bomber23

    Yeah Ichiro looked horrible after we acquired him didn’t he. *rolls eyes*

    He was one of the few Yankees that actually hit the ball and got on base in the playoffs.

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  • https://twitter.com/cfrs15 Robert

    Reed Johnson career versus left handed pitchers: .311/.367/.461

    Not bad at all.

    A platoon of Schierholtz and Johnson would not hit for power, but it wouldn’t be bad production out of the nine hole. Johnson isn’t much of a fielder, but he would be playing the lesser part of the platoon and could be replaced by Schierholtz late in games.