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Jan 062011

Diving right in

Yanks Interested in Bondo

I don’t feel strongly either way on this, honestly. On a minor league deal, sure, why not? I think almost anyone is worth a minor league deal for depth. I would expect literally nothing out of Bonderman at this point. It’s also worth noting as friend of the blog @SteveH_MandAura pointed out, Jeremy Bonderman is essentially Sergio Mitre.

Andruw Jones for 4th OF?

Again, I’m not feeling strongly either way. I’ve been in support of Scott Hairston for most of the off season, and I’ll stick to that. Jones, however, did have a .402 wOBA against LHP in 2010 as well has been a plus UZR defender on the corners for the last two seasons.

That link also includes a bit from John Heyman saying the Yankees could sign Rafael Soriano as part of a ‘shutdown bullpen’ should Andy Pettitte retire. I expressed this sentiment previously, but I’ll remind you of my stance on this again: I do not think having a “shutdown bullpen” can do that much to make up for an average or below average starting rotation. The worse the rotation is, the less the bullpen matters. Soriano’s unattractive to me two main reasons. He’s going to require a commitment of at least three years, which is unsettling when it comes to relievers. He’s also going to be paid closer money while not closing for at least two of those seasons. And, at the end of those two non-closing seasons, there is absolutely no guarantee that he’ll be healthy enough or effective enough to close.

Millwood and Garcia?

I’m tempted to say no to either one of these guys right away. But at the same time, neither one could be THAT much worse than Sergio Mitre. It’s worth noting that Millwood can eat some innings–but that’s about it–and that Garcia has good control, though he’s had trouble keeping the ball in the park the last few years. Unless it’s a minor league deal, I’d pass on these guys.

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