An island of misfit toys could be an accurate description of the 2013 projected Yankee lineup. With gaps in both the infield and outfield, this new look Yankee squad certainly won’t be filled with the usual household names.
Unable to estimate the return of stars Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson, GM Brian Cashman has been shopping around for a pool of veterans to cover the time being. According to ESPN.com, Cashman has contacted longtime Cubs first baseball and All-Star Derek Lee, along with third baseman Scott Roland. The Yankees GM also wasn’t afraid to shoot for the stars in acquiring a big name. On Monday, Cashman took to the media in an attempt to reach retired third baseman Chipper Jones. Jones, who spent all 19 years of his career with the Atlanta Braves, made his decision clear Monday on Twitter.
Enough with the rumors! While I am flattered about the speculation of being enticed out of retirement, I’m happy with life as a bad golfer!
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) March 11, 2013
In a failed attempt to lure the 40- year- old veteran to the big city Cashman still remained optimistic.
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” Cashman said (ESPN.com)
The Yankees, who sit at last place in the Grapefruit League (5-11) with a barrage of injuries, will look to finish Spring Training strong and show resilience with the regular season just weeks away.
– – Pat Loftus