Thursday, January 10, 2008

Yanks Sign Lane, Chase Cameron

The Yankees signed Jason Lane to a minor league deal, according to the LoHud Yankees blog.

Brian Cashman said on YES tonight that the Yankees have signed Jason Lane to a minor-league deal.

A right-handed bat, Lane can play all three OF spots and a little first base. He’s 31 and coming off two hideous seasons. He did hit 26 homers in 2005.

Ken Rosenthal reported earlier that the Brewers were considering signing Mike Cameron. However, Rosenthal now believes the Yankees are competing with Milwaukee for the center fielder's services.

The Yankees are showing serious interest in Cameron, major-league sources say, figuring that they could trade center fielder Melky Cabrera even if they do not send him to the Twins for left-hander Johan Santana.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is a supporter of Cameron's; the two were teammates with the Mariners in 2000. Cameron also has recent experience playing in New York; he was with the Mets in '04 and '05.

Cabrera, 23, is part of the Yankees' offer for Santana, but could fit for several teams that are in the market for a young, affordable, switch-hitting center fielder.

Damon would remain in center for the start of the season while Cameron serves a 25-game suspension for testing positive for a banned stimulant.

Cameron, 35, likely would sign a two-year deal, giving the Yankees time to continue developing their top center-field prospect, Austin Jackson, who split last season between Class A and Class AA.

The Cubs are on the fringe of the Cameron pursuit, and the Twins' interest could grow if they fail to land a center fielder in a trade for Santana. But Cameron is likely to sign with the Yankees or Brewers before the Santana question is resolved.

Interesting. As Rosenthal points out, signing Cameron does not necessarily mean Melky is heading to Minnesota as part of a Santana package. Other teams would be interested in Cabrera with the return probably being a decent prospect or two.

And Ken, A-Jax split his time between A-ball Charleston and A+ Tampa - not AA Trenton - though he did play one game at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre before heading to Hawaii for winter ball.

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