The Detroit Tigers released 27-year-old Brennan Boesch on Wednesday, and the right fielder has already received interest from a few teams. The two most notable teams interested in Boesch are the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. The cross-town rivals are in different situations as franchises, but both could benefit from the addition of Boesch.
The Mets need more talent in their outfield, as they currently have Marlon Byrd, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Collin Cowgill, Jordany Valdespin and Mike Baxter competing for starting roles. Boesch could easily be one of the Mets starting outfielders on opening day if he signs with them. Meanwhile, the Yankees need Boesch for a completely different reason, as a stopgap. Boesch could provide some power for the Yankees while Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira recover from injuries with the regular season approaching. Both teams could also use more power in their lineups, something that Boesch can provide.
Boesch hit for 12 home runs in 132 games last season, after hitting for 16 homers the year before. While he is not a top slugger, Boesch could be a nice compliment to David Wright or Robinson Cano to improve either team’s power numbers. Boesch could be added to either roster in the next few days and will come at a reasonable price.
The Mets may be reluctant to add Boesch this late in spring training, as they are unlikely to contend for the postseason with or without him. The Yankees are more likely to sign him because of their injuries and lack of healthy hitting power. Boesch is a free agent, but could find himself in New York pretty soon, the question is: which borough?