Yankees get another guy to "play" 3B
Well, it looks like the Yankees really are acquiring anyone and everyone who can (mis)play thirdbase. According to the NY Post
, the Yankees went to check Mael Rodriguez (again) and ended up signing his fellow Cuban escapee Yobel Duenas to play 3B at AAA Columbus. Now, in case you forgot, Duenas is a 31 year old second baseman who is a former stolen base king and, according to the Havana Journal
His career Cuban league average is .321, though reports had suggested his numbers were in decline in recent years. Dueñas is a close friend of Jose Contreras and visited the Yankee pitcher's family many times after the Bronze Titan left Cuba.And over at Baseball America
Duenas, a 31-year-old second baseman, showed average raw power, arm strength and speed. "I don't think he can play second base in the big leagues," a scout said. "And my guess is . . . he might be 34-36."
What? A Cuban player lying about his age? Say it ain't so! If he can't play second base, how well can we expect him to play third base? One interesting point in the Baseball America article is this:
Rodriguez' poor showing led at least three scouts to wonder if he was still injured, out of shape or was possibly tanking the workout.
"Sometimes those guys will want to pick what team they play for and do better in a private workout," another scout at the workout said.
I hadn't heard that possibility until now. Of course, Mael worked out for the Yankees along with Duernas, and the Yankees signed Duernas, so I'm assuming that the Yankees weren't that impressed with him again. Of course, maybe they liked his latest workout and just need to negotiate a contract with him. Then again, maybe not - I'm not getting my hopes up on this. I know that I initially thought that the Yankees were going to sign Mael as their 6th starter, but that was before I found out that he's only a shadow of his former self. I'm still holding out some small bit of hope that he'll return to close to his 100mph that he threw, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
posted by shawn
: 2/07/2004 10:23:00 PM -