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Akshita Patel

New York Yankees Signs Ex-Angels Left-Handed Batter In A Minor League Deal

New York Yankees missed a major trick during this year’s off-season. They failed to acquire quality left-handed batters to balance out the hitting lineup. The team’s home turf, the Yankee Stadium, is designed to benefit the lefties. Yet the team chose to stick with veteran right-handed hitters who continue to disappoint this season.

During the All-Star break, WFAN radio hosts pointed out how the shortage of left-handed hitters is troubling the Yankees. The host is of the opinion that the reason the Yankee hitters are getting badly deceived by ordinary pitchers is because the lineup is majorly dominated by right-handed batters. Amid criticism, the front office made a sign-in to strengthen the left-handed depth.

   

Yankees Offer Minor League Deal To Veteran Lefty Jake Lamb

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In a move aimed at adding depth and versatility to their roster, the New York Yankees have signed veteran left-handed hitter Jake Lamb to a minor-league deal. Jake Lamb, a former All-Star, brings a wealth of Major League experience to the Yankees organization. The 31-year-old infielder has spent the majority of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he showcased his power-hitting abilities and solid defensive skills at third base. Lamb’s left-handed bat provides a valuable asset to the Yankees, who predominantly feature right-handed hitters in their lineup.

However, this season, he has not been at his absolute best. In 18 games with the Los Angeles Angels, he had hit .216 with two home runs and five RBIs before being designated for assignment. The Angels just released a few days ago. For now, Jake will play in Triple-A, where his record is a lot better. If the offensive woes worsen over time, maybe Lamb can get a promotion like Jake Bauers did. Nonetheless, that’s for the future. For now, the Yankees need to bounce back on an urgent basis. Another loss here will put them down to the last spot in the East division. A comeback from there would be next to impossible.

Yanks Must Strengthen Outfield Depth At Upcoming Trade Deadline

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As per the current circumstances, the Yankees should look for immediate solutions. As the trade deadline inches closer, the team must look out for outfield candidates to increase the roster depth. The captain, Aaron Judge, is out for an indefinite period, and Giancarlo Stanton’s time on the field is restricted due to injury concerns. Hence, a potent hitting outfielder’s addition is the need of the hour. The ideal candidates could be Juan Soto, Shohei Ohtani, and Cody Bellinger.

While landing Soto and Ohtani could be an impossible task, Bellinger looks like a realistic pick. He is with the Cubs and solely lifting the team’s playoff hopes. However, in exchange for a good offer, the Cubs might be ready to ship him away. Cody Bellinger is again a left-handed hitter who recently showed what he can bring to the Yankees. The former NL MVP is witnessing a crucial resurgence in terms of hitting. Athletically also, he will come in handy in the outfield. Overall, Cody Bellinger is the key to tackling the team’s offensive struggles.