I advocated awhile back that the Yankees should sign Rocco Baldelli as he could be a cheap, high upside investment – exactly what Brian Cashman likes.
Baldelli’s home run last night against the Red Sox though, while enjoyable, makes me wonder what the market will be like for him. Really, I would believe almost anything. Originally, I figured most teams would stay away from him and he’d be available on an incentive-laden 1 year deal. With Baldelli’s current condition, he’s a part time player. How much would a team be willing to invest in him? If a team was convinced that Baldelli’s medical condition will improve though, I could see him being offered a bigger contract.
So what would the max be? Maybe a 1 year deal worth $ 3-4 million base with some incentives thrown in? Maybe a second year at $6 million that will vest based on ABs?
If the Yankees are serious about giving Gardner a shot, having Baldelli around makes a lot of sense. He could play CF once a week against a lefty and otherwise be a reserve. Yeah, he’d be an expensive reserve but an extremely talented one. And if he ever got his medical condition under control, he could end up being a steal. The Yankees can afford to spend a little extra based on potential.