Yankees rumors: Cubs' Alfonso Soriano a fit?

The New York Yankees continue to be in the market for a right-handed bat, but owner Hal Steinbrenner believes the current makeup of the team is “championship caliber,” according to Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger.



The Yankees are set to enter the season with an outfield that consists of three left-handed hitters, including Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Ichiro Suzuki. For this reason, the team is looking for a right-handed bat with the ability to play the outfield and also designated hitter to spell Travis Hafner against left-handed pitching.

New York does have in-house options, as they’ve signed Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera on minor league contracts. However, the Yankees are reportedly seeking a superior option.

The free agent market is bare of potential matches, as all the remaining outfielders, including Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon, Scott Podsednik, Michael Bourn and Grady Sizemore, bat from the left side of the plate.

Carlos Lee bats from the right side and could be an option, but he didn’t man the outfield at all last season. If the club looks to trade, Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano could be a fit. He’s shown enough power to spend time at DH while he is listed as an outfielder.

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