Yankees Sign Brennan Boesch

boeschThe Yankees have signed outfielder Brennan Boesch to a $1.5 million Major League deal. Via Jon Heyman, Boesch will receive incentives along with his base salary.

There was some recent speculation about Boesch to the Yankees, following his release from the Tigers. Matt wrote about Boesch just yesterday. In his career with the Tigers, the left-handed hitter batted .259/.315/.414 and a 96 wRC+ in 1487 plate appearances. Boesch does have some power, but has struggled with his defense. Although he's left-handed, Boesch actually has a reverse platoon split, and better numbers at Comerica Park than on the road. This is likely due to small sample size. Boesch hits to all parts of the field, but on hits to right field, he has maintained a .305 ISO over his career. This number should go up in Yankee Stadium, where the left field wall is much more hitter friendly than in Detroit.

Boesch has struggled this spring, with only 3 hits and 2 walks in 18 plate appearances. That means very little, as he looks to repeat his 2011 performance with the Tigers (.283/.341/.458) as opposed to 2012. (.240/.286/.372) Last year's poor performance was due to a drop in his line drive rates, which fell from 18.2 to 16.0. Along with that, his batting average on line drives fell from .774 to .610. These are two possible signs that he could rebound, and on $1.5 million, the Yankees have taken another low risk/high reward flyer.