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The Yankees officially announced that Brendan Ryan has signed for two years with a mutual option for a third. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal said it is for a total of $5 million for the two seasons. If the option is picked up, it could be for a total of $10 million, Rosenthal tweeted.
Ryan is a superb defender and possibly could be Derek Jeter's eventual replacement. Of course, he doesn't hit much -- his career batting average is .237.
This is where hitting coach Kevin Long can make his money. If can add 30 points to that average and have Ryan approach .270, then the Yankees may have a plus player because the glove is great.
At the least, this likely means the end of the Eduardo Nunez era. (We like Nuneee too much to say "error," but you can.) The Yankees want to add another infielder -- with Stephen Drew and Omar Infante currently the top choices -- so Nunez might still be in the system. It just seems very unlikely he will be in the initial plans.
Nunez hasn't really fielded, hit or stayed healthy during his Yankee career. The poor guy can't even find himself a proper-fitting helmet.
So get used to Brendan Ryan, everybody. He is here to stay.
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