Friday, May 12, 2006

Yanks Seek Alternative to Bernie Williams in Left

With Hedeki Matsui's broken wrist taking him out of action for three months, perhaps the season, Bernie Williams has won the Yankees starting left fielder's job by default. However, GM Brian Cashman has quietly opened or renewed talks with a number of teams for an alternative to the 38-year-old veteran. Minnesota's Torii Hunter or Washington's Alfonso Soriano, both and the end of their contracts, would be ideal fits in New York. But Cashman has little to offer but somewhat marginal pitching, not much to pay for stars of such magnitude. Look for Cashman to land someone such as Kansas City's Reggie Sanders, Baltimore's Jeff Conine or Detroit's Dmitri Young.