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Brennan Boesch 'couldn't be more excited' to be with the Yankees

03/16/2013 10:51 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Brennan Boesch is excited for a fresh start with the Yankees.(AP)
TAMPA – On Wednesday, Brennan Boesch walked into Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski’s office in Lakeland and heard the news no player wants to hear: sorry, we’re letting you go.

Roughly 48 hours later, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had some better news for Boesch: we want you in pinstripes. A deal was done quickly and completed Friday afternoon, and the Yankees’ new No. 58 was in Saturday’s starting lineup as the right fielder for the team’s afternoon tilt with the Phillies.

“(I was surprised) a little bit (by the release), because I figured that would come at the end of my career,” Boesch said Saturday morning in his first meeting with the Yankees beat. “I’ve been in Detroit since 2006 and that’s all I know, but sometimes it comes to an end.”

Boesch joins what has once again become a crowded competition to open the season as Curtis Granderson’s short term replacement, adding to a haul that was made even bigger when the Yankees signed Ben Francisco last week.

One thing working to Boesch’s advantage is that he’s left-handed with some power – a very desirable trait given Yankee Stadium’s dimensions – and he said that he never even gave a thought to the outfield situation once his agent told him the Yankees had interest.

“This organization speaks for itself; I wasn’t looking at depth charts or opportunity, my agent told me they were interested and I said get it done, and I’m here,” he said. “I’ve always been somebody that believes your talent will dictate your status and you have to earn the opportunity to play, so that’s what I plan to do.”

Beyond that trait, Boesch also fits in the Yankees’ desires in the fact that he has all three of his Minor League options left, so the Yankees can also easily re-assign him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at any point in 2013 or beyond.

Boesch knew that the Tigers GM could have done the same, but Dombrowski told Boesch earlier this week the team was still likely to release him; when they did, he was grateful for the opportunity to ply his trade elsewhere.

“I leave (the business) to my agent (Scott Boras) and Dave. They did me a favor, and I’m thankful for them to have done that; they could’ve done a lot of things, but I’m here in a Yankee uniform and I’m thankful,” he said. “I’ve always loved playing in New York so I’m excited.”

Boesch is a career .367 hitter in eight games at Yankee Stadium and he admitted that the right field porch is very attractive, but he’s mindful of not trying to make the long ball his sole focusa.

“It’s pretty attractive; Comerica is a little different story, obviously you have to stay within yourself and can’t get too greedy, but I’ve always loved playing (at Yankee Stadium),” he said. “It’s definitely my favorite place to play.”

Boesch has been hampered by an oblique injury for part of the spring and enters Saturday hitting just .188 in seven Grapefruit League games this spring. The 27-year-old southpaw says the oblique was a freak injury that he’s mindful of but fully recovered from, and he’s ready to make a fresh start do whatever it takes to end up in Yankee Stadium on April 1.

“I couldn’t ask for a better place to land or a better organization for my second go round,” Boesch said. “The Yankees were definitely the first team on my list, and I’ll play wherever the skipper needs me.”

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