Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mientkiewicz Signs with Yankees

Doug Mientkiewicz's stay in Kansas City was a short one. He is headed to New York to play for the evil Yankees next season. They reportedly have reached a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. The Royals already have a bit of a logjam at first base, especially after trading for Ross Gload recently. With Ryan Shealy being the starting first basemen and Justin Huber sort of waiting in the wings, Mientkiewicz didn't fit into their plans.

I liked having Mientkiewicz around. He was willing to spend time with Huber to teach him the ropes at first base. He seemed to have a knack for getting the big hit. And on a team full of youngsters, he was one of the few veterans who could offer words of wisdom when times were tough. RR wishes Mientkiewicz well--even though he's about to put on enemy garb.

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