Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Aurilia Hopes to Finish Career with Mets or Yankees

According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, former Giants infielder Rich Aurilia is looking to end his career near his native Brooklyn, specifically in a neighboring borough.  I just hope he finishes it in the Bronx.

No offense to Rich Aurilia, who has throughout his career been a solid producer at the corner infield positions, I don't want him in Flushing.  Although there is no harm in bringing the guy in on a minor-league deal, which the article refers to as the only real possibility, if he does make the team, who would it be at the expense of?   It can't be Cora or Tatis because of contracts.  If it's Murphy than we have bigger issues than Aurilia off the bench, like Tatis playing 1B everyday.  Probably won't be for Matthews Jr or Pagan, so what's the point?  Why bring a guy in who's had a great career at the end for organizational depth?

Beyond the lack of bench positions, the guy hit .213 last season and is 38-years old.  Omar, you can consider him as a spring training invitee, but I just don't see the point.  And Rich, I have too much respect for you as a player, please go quietly into the good night...

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