Brian Cashman speaks on signing OF Brennan Boesch, camp competitions

03/17/2013 2:07 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Following Saturday’s games, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with the media to address numerous subjects, notably the addition of outfielder Brennan Boesch. Below is what Cashman had to say in his media briefing:

On Brennan Boesch: “He’s a power left-handed bat. It was unique circumstance that we could get a player who has played in the Majors the last number of years, but he’s got options so I signed him to a split contract; he’s got a Major League rate and a Minor League rate. He comes in here and gets a chance to compete, if he makes the club he gets $1.5 million, and if he doesn’t he goes to Triple-A he makes $500,000. It increases our depth and increases our choices, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

On what happened with Boesch in Detroit: “Performance. Obviously, he got released there, so it’s all performance based, but this is a game where timing could be everything and we’re just hoping maybe we get lightning in a bottle. So, I feel there’s nothing but upside, the only downside is wasting time and a small amount of money as we make a nominal investment in Boesch. He does have big power from the left side, he does have skills, but like anything else we’ll have to wait and see what he does with this opportunity.”

On Boesch’s role: “I see him competing for at-bats and a position on the 25-man roster just like everyone else. Nothing has been promised to him at all, hence the split contract.”

On the outfield competition: “I feel pretty good about it; as I told you guys , towards the end of camp we’ll evaluate what we have and what’s available outside of our camp. In the past week we’ve added Ben Francisco and now Brennan Boesch, so I think we’re better for that. We’ve taken the opportunity to increase our candidates and choices and depth, and we go on from there. Gene Michael taught me to sift through the nuggets to separate the gold from the debris, so we’re trying to sift as much as we can and hopefully find some gold.”

On the first base situation and Juan Rivera’s status: "Opening Day’s not until way down the line, so again, I’m evaluating what we have on a daily basis but also keeping my eyes open elsewhere. It’s our job to put the best team on the field; our guys are competing for a spot, but there may be other guys who aren’t in this Yankee uniform right now that might be competing for a spot on this club that we’re watching elsewhere.”

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