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The Yankees only have $1-2 million to spend on a DH

Jan 16, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

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If the Yankees truly are thinking about Johnny Damon — or Carlos Pena or anyone else — to be their DH then they’re going to have to get him on the cheap.  That’s because Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees only have $1-$2 million to spend on a DH.

Well, they have more, but that’s what they’re willing to spend. Because they have a budget now.

I dunno. Andruw Jones against lefties, rotate A-Rod, Jeter, Teixeira or whoever else needs a rest against righties. That’ll work, right? Do they really need an old dude to come in and be a mostly full time DH?  Pena would be nice, sure, but I just sorta feel like they can get by without such a beast.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    That’s probably true. Until or unless Hal thinks there is an option out there to improve the team and then who really knows how much the Yankees have to spend.

    But a trade with the Royals like the one suggested in the “rumor” below that includes Hughes and another piece for Billy Butler of KC might only require the Yankees to bump up their payroll for 2012 by $3 or $4MM dollars. Maybe not even that much depending on all the pieces.

    Food for thought.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Interesting rumor. The Yankees certainly have a surplus of starting pitchers. Too bad nobody wants AJ.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        They will when the “price is right”. Unfortunately, I think Cashman still has some fantasy that he (AJ) might one day wake up from the drug induced coma he’s been in for 2 years. Fortunately right now they Yankees only need him to make pies.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        The way to handle AJ is to sneak up on him two hours before game time and say “You’re starting today”. Solves the angst. Having Martin behind the plate doesn’t hurt either.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        yankeesfanlen – I wonder if anyone has considered that someone might have slipped AJ some Haitian “Voodoo” concoction that has turned him into one of the “Walking Dead”.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    As stated, the Universe wants a DH for the purpose of saying that they have a DH. That position has been filled in name only for several years now.
    Every time I hear “Yankees” and “budget” in the same sentence I chuckle. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

    • jckid21 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      I know it is kind of laughable when you see “Yankees” and “budget” in the same article, but if the Yankees get under the Luxury Tax threshold they can get back money they contributed into revune sharing over the years. Plus they can do some damage to teams that depend on that money for whatever they use it for. I say “for whatever they use it for” because a few teams do not put that money back into their product.

      The article below sheds some light on why the Yanks are getting somewhat getting a conscious about their budget.

  3. jetsfaninmiami - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Watch out, Red Choke, better start doing something. My Yankees r ready for another run @ the AL East flag. They will get CP for cheap, getting a home discount, since he was in their farm system, and he wants a championship.

    • mabunar - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Home discount because he was in NY farm system for one partial season???

      1) He’s been in a few other systems, including the Red Sox.

      2) He went to High School in Haverhill, MA

      3) He played college ball at Northeastern U. That’s in Boston.

    • dondada10 - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Ah, the ever tricky comma. Where do you belong!?

  4. Mark - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    To me the obvious answer is Wilson Betemit. He’s had 2 straight years of 860-870 OPS vs RHP. You can platoon him vs lefties and rotate your regulars in the DH spot here. He can play 3B to backup A-Rod when he goes down for an injury or to keep him rested. He’s not going to cost that much $$, and I can’t see him making more than 1-2M.

    He struggled the first time around in NY but that’s really the only reason they shouldn’t bring him up. And for 1M, you could do a hell of a lot worse than bringing in Betemit.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      He is certainly an option, no doubt. And I think certainly can be had on the cheap. Versus Right Handed pitches he’s pretty good, against left handers he’s useless but that’s why you would platoon him. His defense is a bit suspect. But for a million plus and a limited role on the team certainly a very viable option.

  5. jwbiii - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Sounds like Eric Chavez money.

  6. Jonny 5 - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    This word “DH” I don’t think it means what you think it means. Maybe they’re referring to installing a “Designer Hibachi” into the clubhouse? Or this is the amount slated for “Dining Help”? This can’t be the Yankees speaking of actual player budgets can it? “Designer Handbags” for the players wives and Jeter’s gift baskets maybe???

  7. paperlions - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Pena would make sense because he also was a good defensive 1B, providing defensive depth as well as a lefty DH option.

  8. Old Gator - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Why bother shopping for a DH? Why not look for a whole ballplayer with arms, legs, knees and shoulders, and with hands to put a glove on and with which to throw a baseball? Why bother with a pinstriped version of Kenneth Branagh from The Wild West?

  9. APBA Guy - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    The Yankees will use this spot for A-Rod, Jeter and Andruw Jones. They get good production out of the spot and and can carry an extra position player who can run and field, adding to their flexibility. The evolution in approach to the DH is that unless you can put up Ortiz or Thome numbers in that role, you can mix and match with your older veterans and do better than a lot of the current class of DH’s without burning that roster spot.

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