Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees are interested in Mark Loretta to fill the void at first base. He's a pesky hitter and shouldn't have too much of a problem moving from second to first base. Loretta wanted to return to San Diego, and offered to sign a 1-year deal for $2 million to go back, but the Padres are in the process of signing Marcus Giles to play second, so it isn't going to work out.
I can't stress enough that I think adding another player in his mid-late thirties is a bad move for the Yankees. It's not that I think Loretta is a bad player, or that he wouldn't fit into the Yanks' lineup very well. He probably would. The problem I have with the move is that it puts another obstacle between Melky Cabrera and a starting spot. The Yanks should be moving Matsui to first, and playing Melky every day in left.
The Yanks are back on the course that led them to disaster in the late 80's/early 90's. They're viewing their prospects as nothing more than bargaining chips, chips they want to use to land middling, aged talent in the hopes that it will be enough to get a ring this year. They should be looking at prospects like Cabrera as building blocks, pieces that will help win rings 5 years down the road when Jeter is nearing the end of his career.
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