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Joe Randa or Miguel Cairo for Utility Man: Let’s Duke it Out!
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
The Nomar excitement has come and passed, but the Yankees’ need for a backup infielder/DH is still alive and pressing. Signing one-time Yank second baseman Miguel Cairo has already been discussed here, but the Yankees are keeping their options open and looking around at other available players. The latest name to be dropped is that of Joe Randa, who became a free agent this year after splitting the 2005 season between the Reds and the Padres.

Randa, who has spent time all over the infield in his career, could be just what the Yankees’ doctor ordered. With A-Rod, Jeter and Cano locked into their respective positions, what the Yankees would be wise to find is someone that can split the first base duties with Giambi and be available in the (DON’T JINX IT) unfortunate event of a Jeter/A-Rod/Cano injury. Randa’s experience is mainly at second and third base, but after watching him play with the Padres last season I’m pretty convinced that he is versatile and would do a fine job at first. Cairo would almost certainly come at a lower price, but Randa would bring a bigger bat – he hits a decent amount of homers and is very good with the doubles. Randa’s career BA is .285, his career OPS is a nice .768 and last year it was .787. Granted, he’s getting a tad advanced in age – he turned 36 this year – but his performance really hasn’t shown much signs of slowing over the years.

It’s still not clear if the Yankees are very seriously looking into Cairo OR Randa, but I definitely think that signing someone for that duty is essential, and time is of the essence!
posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, December 27, 2005  
  • At 4:36 AM, Blogger Lee said…

    I say sign them both and deal Andy Phillips!

  • At 5:29 AM, Blogger Pinstripe_Mike said…

    I don't want either one.

  • At 5:32 AM, Blogger yankeestadium said…

    miguel cairo was one of the toughest outs in baseball when he played for us. that is the reason i would pick him up. Randa has a bigger bat, but neither have played first. But if they are professionals(and nothing like Soriano) then either should be fine. We CANT deal andy phillips...who is going to want a hitter that can only hit a fastball???

  • At 6:48 AM, Blogger Joseph P. said…

    "We CANT deal andy phillips...who is going to want a hitter that can only hit a fastball???"

    Hey, it worked for Pedro Cerano.

    Funny that Randa's name is mentioned. In Baseball Prospectus's "Mind Game," they gave a fantasy scenario where the A-Rod to Boston deal went through, and Randa was the guy mentioned as the Yanks third baseman for 2004.

    Even so, Cairo has proven he can hit in New York (sorry for the cliche), so I'd go with him. Definitely the best option out there.

  • At 7:48 AM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said…

    Cairo's 2004 was a career year for him.

    I'd like to sign Randa and Durazo.

  • At 6:30 PM, Blogger Patrick Jason said…

    I hear Randa will be signing with the Pirates soon. Not sure about Miguel Cairo. I only know that he played very well in the '04 ALCS versus Boston.

  • At 1:27 AM, Anonymous metsrtehsux0r said…

    Randa in pinstripes would be cool. He's one of those eternally happy people that always seem to be enjoying the game, even when he's going oh-for-five.

    Guys like him and Ville Niemenen have always reminded of the joy of sports.

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