Sherman: Yankees will look into Brennan Boesch & David Cooper


Via Joel Sherman: The Yankees will look into signing Brennan Boesch and David Cooper, who were released by the Tigers and Blue Jays this morning, respectively.

Boesch, 27, hit .283/.341/.458 (117 wRC+) with 16 homers in 472 plate appearances in 2011, but last year he managed just a .240/.286/.372 (77 wRC+) line in 503 plate appearances. He’s a total hacker — swung at 39.7% of pitches outside of the strike zone since 2010, the eighth worst in baseball — which is not the type of player the Yankees usually target. Boesch is also a brutal defensive player in the outfield corners. Still, the Yankees need to replace Curtis Granderson for a few weeks and the left-handed Boesch has power, plus he has at least one minor league option remaining. Of course the Yankees should look into signing him.

Cooper’s claim to fame is being a former first round pick (17th overall in 2008). The 26-year-old has hit .270/.310/.441 (103 wRC+) with six homers in 226 big league plate appearances over the last two years while battling various ailments, including a back injury that has kept him out of camp and is so serious it could end his career. He’s likely to rehab in 2013 and eye a return in 2014. Like Boesch he is a left-handed hitter, a poor defender, and has an option remaining. Given the back injury, there’s not much to see here. The Yankees need first base help right now, not next year.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. pounder says:

    Yankee Stadium power,speedy CFer to overplay when he is in RF,big league experience,post season experience,decent arm.Oh wait, he’s 27,much too green for this team.LOL. /seriously,I hope they sign him,though the Mets are in on him as well.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Who are you talking about?

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Boesch never played a single major league inning in CF, nor is he anywhere near speedy. He also has less OF assists than Gardner. He has never played a single inning of post-season baseball.

      Fork over whatever you’re on, don’t hog it all.

      • Ghost of Joe Dugan says:

        Am I the only one that easily understood what pounder was saying? He didn’t say BB was a CF’er he’s saying that since Gardner is a great CF’er who can cheat toward RF to cover BB’s lack of defensive range.

        • Barry says:

          This is what I thought. lolz

        • MannyGeee says:

          After further review… yes. You are correct. He did “clearly” say a speedy CF to overplay when he’s in RF.

          That said, nothing was clearly written there. So you, good sir, are either some sort of mind reader or in collusion with Pounder.

        • Bob Buttons says:

          In my defense the only pronouns in that chunk was “him”, and the Mets can sign “him”, thus the first thought is Boesch.

          Also is that I don’t think of Gardner as a CF at this point, since he’ll end up back in LF sooner or later (for at least this year).

      • Ryan says:

        I believe he is calling Gardner a speedy CFer, who can supplement Boesch’s lack of range in RF.

    • trr says:

      LOL, not sure who this is, but I’d take him!

    • Havok9120 says:


      This is among the biggest trollfails of the year so far.

      • Barry says:

        I don’t even see any trolling there. This is one of the biggest troll-sponse fails of ’13

        • Havok9120 says:

          Yep, it most certainly is a fail on my part. But nothing in that post is clear at all. It has an age prod, random misplaced punctuation, and some pretty questionable grammar. I’m thinking the general response of “bwuh?” is pretty defensible.

          • Barry says:

            The grammar isn’t perfect; however, this is a blog and proper grammar isn’t a prerequisite nor is it common, either in the posts or the comments.

            • Havok9120 says:

              Are you really trying to argue that this isn’t almost exactly the same template we see from tons of people who just pop in to say something inane and then aren’t seen for months, or are you just being pedantic?

          • jjyank says:

            Yeah. I got what he was trying to say, but the phrasing and language use is pretty typical of what you’d see in a troll post.

            I’d say the original post was essentially a sheep in a wolf’s clothing.

  2. Herby says:

    Sounds like grasping at straws

    • Cris Pengiucci says:

      Yes, but they’re relatively low-risk straws. Not sure I see the value in adding Cooper, due to the injury, but why not take a flier on Boesch?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Low/no risk straws at a time when there’s really no better/sensible alternative. *shrug*

  3. MannyGeee says:

    I’d roll with Boesch and send him down with his minor league option, I guess. It’s a glorified minor league contract, so why not.

    • Barry says:

      Plus it was only 2011 when he had a 117 wRC+ in 115 games. Could be a decent pick-up if he’s used correctly. Probably will end up on another team where he sees a greater opportunity and a weaker division.

      • Havok9120 says:

        That’s my thinking as well. I have to think there are less competitive jobs open on the market.

        • Barry says:

          That would be my guess, the organisation has to look crowded to anyone else walking in. Plus not many people are going to want to go play in the AL East to rebuild their value, especially a young player like Boesch. Plus I don’t really know if he would win a job at this point.

  4. Steve T says:

    Didn’t the Tigers cut Boesch ’cause he hurt his oblique? Um… pass.

  5. ClusterDuck says:

    “Boesch… He’s a total hacker — swung at 39.7% of pitches outside of the strike zone since 2010, the eighth worst in baseball — which is not the type of player the Yankees usually target. Boesch is also a brutal defensive player in the outfield corners.”

    No thanks.

  6. steves says:

    To all you Dylan fans out there, Cashman is turning into the modern day baseball version of AJ Weberman; no pile of “garbage” (Cashman’s own words!)is beyond probing.

  7. ClusterDuck says:

    Cashman is under a lot of pressure to act. Thus the dumpster diving.

  8. jjyank says:

    I’d take a flyer on Boesch. Why not? Cooper is interesting, but if he can’t play right now, I wouldn’t bother.

  9. Jersey Joe says:

    New pope!

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      More interested in finding a replacement for Teix and Grandy.

    • RAB rules says:

      unless he hits above the mendoza line, no politics or religion please

      • Havok9120 says:

        You understand that that isn’t really a rule, right? And that it certainly isn’t enforced. “No politics” was only for during the back end of the election cycle because the debating got out of hand.

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