Monday, January 14, 2008
Chris Shelton was designated for assignment today by the Texas Rangers. Why is this significant? Because I think he makes a decent target to be the Yankees' right-handed first basemen. Shelton spent all of last year in the minors, but has a career big-league OPS of .825 (115 OPS+). That's pretty solid, and I don't see why he is a worse option than Shelley Duncan or Jason Lane. Remember when Shelton hit nine homers in the first twelve games? If I'm Brian Cashman, I sign Shelton to a minor league deal (like Lane), and let him compete for the job in spring training and if he sucks, cut him.