Jorge Vazquez, that is. Sources tell me that with the departure of Jesus Montero in the trade for Michael Pineda Friday night, the Yankees are seriously considering going with Vazquez, The Man Without a Position, as one of their designated hitters this season. Vazquez, who tore it up last spring training and continued to rake in AAA, just finished leading the Mexican Winter League in RBI for Culiacan, is likely to get another shot at making the big club this spring as a DH. Yankee sources continue to impressed by Vazquez' bat while recognizing his flaws -- a high strikeout rate and serious defensive liabilities. (He is technically a first baseman, a position he will probably never play for the Yankees even as a fill-in).
With the signing of Hiroki Kuroda the same night as the Pineda trade, the Yankees are said once again to be 'out of money,'' but as we know, that can change. If true, however, it renders rumors about the likes of Carlos Pena, Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui to the realm of fantasy; the 30-year-old Vazquez is a low-cost, high-return alternative whose time may finally have arrived.