Left-Handed Hitter Should Get Time With Granderson Out, Then Deepen Bench

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Due to injuries, the Yankees have holes at key positions.

Brennan Boesch should help ease their pain.

The Yankees and the former Tigers outfielder agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract on Friday, two days after he was released by Detroit, WFAN’s Jon Heyman reported. Boesch will get $500,000 guaranteed and could get another $600,000 in incentives.

Boesch figures to get work in left field, at least until Curtis Granderson returns from a broken arm, and then be a part-time designated hitter and left-handed bat off the bench.

Boesch hit a career-low .240 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 2012 with Detroit. Over his three-year career, Boesch is hitting .259 with 42 homers and 175 RBI.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees placed right-hander Michael Pineda on the 60-day disabled list. The pitcher could return in June following right shoulder surgery last year.

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