Sudden power vacuum for Yankees

Sudden power vacuum for Yankees
February 24, 2013, 11:15 pm
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When the Yankees start the season, they now will be 143 homers down from last season.

Outfielder Curtis Granderson, who hit 43 home runs in 2012, was plunked by the Blue Jays’ J.A. Happ in his first spring-training at-bat on Sunday and suffered a broken forearm. Granderson is projected to be out until at least May 12.

As the New York Post mentions, the Yankees already were missing 100 homers via players (such as Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez) who departed in free agency. So should the Orioles and the rest of the American League East be on alert for the Yankees to make an acquisition to replace Granderson’s offense? After all, the Post describes the currently available options on the roster this way: “What is in camp isn't appealing.”

Since the Yankees expect Granderson back relatively early in the season, they don’t necessarily have to get a comparable bat to replace him, just someone who can help them stay afloat while Granderson heals. As mlbtradeumors.com says: “The best strategy might be to make a couple of low-risk acquisitions to give manager Joe Girardi additional options.”

In that regard, there are several veterans still available — including Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu and Scott Posednik. As rentals for a month, they might work. But, of course, there is a reason they’re all still available.