Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Yankees sign a cheap infielder because they can

The first non-COVID story of 2020 summer camp unspooled this weekend: The Yankees signed infielder Matt Duffy off the scrap heap.

He's 29, bats RH and plays almost anywhere. Last year, Duffy appeared in 46 games, hit .252 with a homer. In 2018, he hit .294 and played the season at 3B, so maybe he brings a bit of a Scott Brosius vibe. One blog compares him to Gio Urshela, at least before Urshela learned to hit. Who knows? But it's nice to see the Yankees making moves again; I have a feeling that by mid-August, teams will be tossing around players like confetti, looking to cut their losses. 

My guess is that guys like Duffy could be particularly valuable because of the virus. At any time, the flu could wipe out a team, or at least send its starting lineup into quarantine. Thus, can you ever have too many utility lug nuts? Not this year.

Some say this means Miguel Andujar will move to the OF. That seems to be a lot of speculation over a minor signing. Right now, with Aaron Hicks healthy again - (until he gets hurt) - the Yankee outfield looks like a crowded subway car. Until someone gets sick. And that's the mantra for 2020: Okay, until someone gets sick.


JM said...

I still think the Nats should replace Ryan Zimmerman with Robert Zimmerman. Sure, he's old, but I bet he can write a nice at-bat.

Alphonso said...

They are loading up with " Covid-replacements."

So they can field a full team in most games.

Anonymous said...

I don't think they're covid replacements. Remember how long it took for Giancarlo Stanton to get hurt at the beginning of the season? Less than ten games. How long did it take for Aaron Hicks to get hurt? Before the season even started. Heck, it was at the start of spring training. We've got a half dozen guys who get hurt scratching their backs.

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