New York Yankees Considering Rocco Baldelli for Left Field

Christopher ChavezAnalyst IIJanuary 21, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 12:  Rocco Baldelli #5 of the Boston Red Sox takes batting practice prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 12, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Red Sox 5-4.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The baseball media has been tracking Johnny Damon and the New York Yankees' outfield situation since the day that Matt Holliday and Jason Bay were removed from the market.

Some are hoping that the two sides can just put their troubles behind them and come to an agreement. Then there are names like Rick Ankiel who has been out there as an option.

The one man that the Yankees have been overlooking is Rocco Baldelli. 

Baldelli signed with the Red Sox last offseason, but had very little playing time. Before playing for the Red Sox, he had a stint with the Tampa Bay Rays. He had a couple of decent seasons, but was always limited because of injuries, which may turn off the Yankees to Baldelli. 

The Yankees probably like the fact that he can be a good right-handed hitter for their line-up and hit well against lefties. Baldelli is a .295 hitter against lefties throughout his career.

According to multiple sources, he was a very well liked guy in the clubhouse in Tampa and Boston. The Yankees' clubhouse is already pretty laid back. Baldelli would probably feel comfortable with the atmosphere in New York. 

The Yankees will have a lot of questions to answer about left field as they enter Spring Training. Their quest for No. 28 probably could be weaker if they aren't settled in the outfield. A Brett Gardner/Rocco Baldelli platoon for the season would not be bad. He's a cheap and good option. The Yankees should deeply consider him.

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