With minor-league options remaining, Brennan Boesch could have been sent to Triple-A instead of getting released last week.
But the lefty-swinging outfielder believes that decision by the Tigers worked out pretty well for him after the Yankees snapped up Boesch on Saturday as another possibility to help shore up their injury-riddled lineup.
“(The Tigers) did me a favor, and that goes without saying that I’m thankful for them to have done that,” Boesch said before starting in right field Saturday against the Phillies. “They could have done a lot of other different things probably, but here I am now in a Yankee uniform and it couldn’t have turned out better for me.”
Boesch, 27, finished fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010, and he followed that up by posting a strong .799 OPS the next season. But Boesch was left off Detroit’s postseason roster last fall after falling to just .240 with a .659 OPS, and the Tigers signed Torii Hunter as a free agent in the offseason.
After suffering an oblique injury early in camp, Boesch was batting just .188 with no RBI this spring before the Tigers released him Wednesday, owing him 30 days’ termination pay ($377,049), or one-sixth of his $2.3 million salary.
His one-year deal with the Yanks, who have been searching for outfield help since Curtis Granderson suffered a broken forearm Feb. 24, is for $1.5 million.
“I couldn’t be in a better place to land after Detroit. What a great organization to be in for your second go-around,” said Boesch, adding “everything” as his reasons for placing the Yankees atop his list. “The organization speaks for itself, that’s just the bottom line. I wasn’t looking at depth charts or opportunity. When my agent (Scott Boras) told me they were interested, I said just get it done. And I’m here.”
Boesch has fared well in eight career games facing the enticing right-field porch at Yankee Stadium, posting a .367/.375/.533 slash line in the Bronx.
“It’s pretty attractive,” Boesch said. “Comerica is a little different story. Obviously, you have to stay within yourself and can’t get too greedy, but I’ve always loved playing there, it’s just a fact. I don’t know what my numbers are in New York, but I’ve always loved playing against the Yankees and playing in New York. It’s definitely my favorite place to play.”
Another interesting tidbit on Boesch: The former Cal-Berkeley star is the son of prominent California attorney Philip Boesch, who was Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer when she won a $475 million judgment (later overturned) from her late 89-year-old husband’s estate.
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Boone Logan (elbow) threw a simulated game Saturday morning and the lefty reliever said he hopes his next appearance will be in a game for the first time this spring.
“Hopefully it’s in a game. I don’t see myself needing another live session,” Logan said. “I do feel it every day, it’s just like a little inflammation still, but it’s normal. I’m strong, my arm feels good, I’m really excited about how it feels right now…It’s getting better every day. I don’t feel it nearly as much as I did a week ago. I was hoping for it to go away right away, but it didn’t. But it is (improving) slowly but surely. My arm is strong and it is starting to feel a lot better.”
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The Yanks have split-squad games Saturday at home against the Phillies (12:05 p.m.) and at Disney World against the Braves (5 p.m.).
LINEUP vs. PHILLIES
LINEUP VS BRAVES