Yankees agree to deal with OF Brennan Boesch
The New York Yankees announced Friday they have agreed to a one-year Major League deal with outfielder Brennan Boesch. The pact was first reported by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. Boesch receives $1.5 million plus incentives.
Released by the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday due to their outfield surplus, Boesch becomes an immediate contender for playing time in a Yankees outfield that will miss Curtis Granderson (broken forearm) until May. Despite his poor 2012 numbers (.240, 12 homers and 54 RBIs in 132 games), Boesch is two seasons removed from a .283-16-54 campaign in 115 games.
His left-handed swing is also tailored for Yankee Stadium; Boesch's career numbers in the Bronx are .363 (29-for-80) with three doubles, three homers, 16 RBIs and a .907 OPS in 22 games.
The Yankees have been evaluating Juan Rivera, Matt Diaz and Melky Mesa as other outfield options. Rivera could also move to first base in place of Mark Teixeira, who is out with a strained wrist.
To make room for Boesch on the 40-man roster, the Yankees announced they had placed right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda on the 60-day disabled list.