The latest bad news out of the Yankee camp is Derek Jeter will start the season on the DL and Vernon Wells is on the team.
Eduardo Nunez will probably start at short. And Jeter should be back in May.
Now, where does Wells fit in? Last week I was excited about Brennan Boesch in the outfield, but he has come up limp.
So Wells will naturally take the left field spot.
Wells, 34, is definitely another over the hill guy. I guess he is an adequate replacement man, but he cannot fill the shoes of Curtis Granderson. I’m not going to discuss the cost of Wells, but rather what he brings to the team.
The Yankees do gain experience and a hardworker. He’s not a bad outfielder either.
In his two seasons with the Angels, Wells averaged.222 with 18 home runs and 47 RBIs per season. Last year, Wells played in just 77 games, batting.230 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs.
I’m not sure that bodes well for his hitting prowess. But he has had injuries so he could be lightning in a bottle. At least, I hope so.
There isn’t much available out there for the Yankees to pick up. Most replacement guys available are not worth much. This is probably the best the Bronx Bombers can do.
There are still some minor leaguers as well who will find a spot like a Melky Mesa. Juan Rivera is still my pick (not that I like it) to play first base.
Still, these are the Yankees and they will win quite a few games. I believe Joe Girardi will find a way if the pitching is good.
Most people in the Yankee Universe are not feeling too optimistic. This could be a year the Yankees learn the importance of getting younger.
Either way, I’m ready for the season to begin and to talk about game play rather then expectations.
Bring on Boston and play ball!