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Yankees to fill Okajima void with Clay Rapada

Feb 18, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

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The Yankees were on the hunt for another lefty relief candidate after Hideki Okajima failed his physical and apparently have found one in veteran Clay Rapada, says MLB.com.

Rapada, who turns 31 next month, is expected to get a minor league contract. The sidearmer had a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings for the Orioles last season, but he did hold lefties to a .104 average in 49 at-bats. The problem is that right-handers were 9-for-13 with two homers against him.

It’s the usual trend for Rapada and why he’s never been able to establish himself in the majors. In 78 lifetime appearances, lefties have hit .153 against him, while righties have come in at .359.

Barring a late trade or a surprising spring from Rapada or Rule 5 pick Cesar Cabral, there’s a good chance the Yankees will go with just one lefty reliever, that being Boone Logan.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    I’m pulling for the kid the Yankees picked as as a rule 5 during the winter meetings Cesar Cabral to head north with the team when they break camp in April.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Good luck to Rapada. I can’t imagine he has much of a chance to make the team considering he was released by the Orioles.

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    Strange that the mighty Yankees are shopping in the bargain basement this season.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      they won the division last year, they dont have to make any major moves unlike the 4th (so to be 5th) place jays who need a TON of help but of course they didnt get that done.

  4. Craptastics9 - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    They are finally being smart. Okay, not too smart, since they are doomed by the Texiera and Sabathia long term contracts, but those were both pre-Hal. I don’t know why any team would give anyone a contract for more than 3 years. Hoprefully the Yankees new-found frugality will spread through the league. The Red Sux understand it now, the Yankees have caught on, but the second tier (Angels, Rangers) haven’t figured it out yet.

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