Monday, January 14, 2008

Chris Shelton DFA'd

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.

1 comments:

Yankees Muse said...

ok Nate I'm hearing you. But I think Shelly has more power. I think we go with Duncan for a year and see how he does if hes not the guy we want we go after a big free agent in the off season. But I see your point. Personally i'm a fan of bringing back Mientkiewicz to platoon with Duncan and use Giambi off the bench/DH but who knows maybe Giambi stays healthy and returns to form. However you look at it the yankees have lots of options.