Five Players Not Named Cliff Lee Or Carl Crawford That The Yankees Should Consider

NEW YORK - JULY 25: Joba Chamberlain #62 of the New York Yankees looks on after giving up a home run to Scott Podsednik #22 of the Kansas City Royals on July 25 2010 at Yankee Stadium. Podsednik would be another name no one can spell right!

Title says it all, I originally was going to make this a list fanshot, but I wrote too much, so here it is!

The five in no specific order:

1. Russell Branyan- Branyan can hit the ball very far and can play multiple positions. He won't have a high batting average ever, but loves hitting at Yankee Stadium. Last season in 45 at bats at Yankee Stadium, Branyan hit more home runs than Marcus Thames did in 105 at bats at Yankee Stadium. Branyan has the ability to be a very solid lefty bat off the bench, and can fill the Juan Miranda type role with the Yankees, and maybe even the Berkman role.

2. Pedro Feliciano- Feliciano, a left handed reliever, has been one of the most consistent relievers in baseball over the last five years. He may have been overused by the Mets, having pitched 75+ games each of the last four seasons, but that can also be a positive, as it shows that he can handle pitching in a lot of games. The best part? Lefties hit .214 against him in his career, and he will cost much less than Scott Downs in draft picks and in money.

3. Scott Podsednik- Not sure why, but I've always thought Podsednik is a great player. He might get a starting job from a desperate team, but if not he could fill the role Randy Winn was supposed to fill last season. Pinch-running off the bench and can still hit. He even cracked MLBTradeRumors top 50 free agents!

4. Chad Qualls- Qualls' stats look awful, but the sabermetrics disagree. Let me point you over to a post over at  The Blue Jays Hunter that shows you why Chad Qualls has been an extremely unlucky pitcher, and could be a very good bounceback candidate for 2011. Kerry Wood type pitcher?

5. J.J. Putz- If Putz can't find a closers role elsewhere, he is probably the best set-up man option out there. Might have to worry about injuries, but Putz, who posted a 2.83 ERA last season with the White Sox, has been consistently good when he is not on the Mets. Former closers are always great to have for the bullpen.

Thoughts?

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