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January 10, 2008

Jason Lane

From the Post -

Just in case Jason Giambi , Shelley Duncan and Wilson Betemit aren't enough at first base heading to spring training, the Yankees have interest in adding free agent Jason Lane, according to a source.

Lane, 31, was not tendered a contract by the Padres after hitting .178 with eight homers and 27 RBIs last season. He began last year with Houston and went to San Diego in a September trade.

Though Lane is a career outfielder, the Yankees believe he would be a quick study at first base, where he has appeared in four games during his six-year major league career.

I have no idea what the Yankees are thinking here, if this is true. Lane has no offsensive value. And, he's not really a first baseman. Might as well sign Nathan Lane as well to play first - since both Lanes offer the same value to the team, in terms of being a baseball player.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 10, 2008 09:05 AM

Comments

This makes no sense. I thought, before looking at the numbers, that he might be a good platoon candidate with severe splits. But he's mediocre from both sides of the plate. The only thing going for him is his power. Cashman sure is attracted to the mediocre.

Posted by: Nick from Washington Heights [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2008 09:36 AM

I'd have a hard time believing that source, esepcially considering there are other, better options out there.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2008 09:57 AM

It's in the Post.

Think about this:

1. Who would bring this up to a reporter? Cashman? As much as you HATE him why would he mention a player like that?

2. Lane's agent? More likely. Maybe he's the source.

Just because Puma is saying this is from a source he didn't even write something like "A source from the Yankees", or "close to the Yankees", or "in baseball". No. Just "a source". Maybe Puma's cousin is a rotisserie fan and he's the source.

Why get in a tizzy over this? Remember last year when you went overboard because the Yanks signed Runelvys for Scranton and you were SURE he would only sign with the Yanks if he was guaranteed a call-up before the season ended?

If there's interest in Lane maybe it's to help in Scranton.

Posted by: Basura [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2008 10:22 AM

I'd still like to see Matsui tried at 1B.

Posted by: Rich [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2008 11:28 AM

I'd still like to see Matsui tried at 1B.
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Don't know why it hasn't been mentioned/considered more than it has.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2008 02:31 PM

why not invite him to camp? maybe cashman wants to create a little artifical competition at first and just say its anybodies who can get to it. What if it makes giambi get back to form? What if it causes duncan to work harder then ever(either one)? I could see him doin this just for that reason. Is he any worse then phelps was last year?

Posted by: Corey [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2008 04:41 PM

by artifical competition i mean just putting guys on the field to make it seem like he could get the job when there is no real intention of giving him a job

Posted by: Corey [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2008 04:41 PM

by artifical competition i mean just putting guys on the field to make it seem like he could get the job when there is no real intention of giving him a job.
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Then what's the point? You're just wasting everyone's time.

I doubt that any of these guys (Betemit, Duncan, Giambi) feels "threatened" by the presence of Lane.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2008 05:11 PM

Pete Abraham reported the Yanks actually did sign him to a minor league contract. Still nothing to be alarmed about unless he drives a golf cart over a good player.

Posted by: Basura [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2008 09:16 PM