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Yankees targeting Shea Hillenbrand

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According to George King of the NY Post:

November 17, 2006 -- Shea Hillenbrand's rickety reputation isn't scaring the Yankees away in their search for a right-handed hitting first baseman.

According to industry sources, the Yankees have Hillenbrand high on their list. Their plan is to use Jason Giambi as a DH, thus creating a need for a first baseman who isn't a left-handed hitter because the Yankees have lefty swingers Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano and Giambi in the lineup.

As the GM Meetings ended yesterday in Naples, Fla., Brian Cashman was asked about the Yankees' interest in Hillenbrand and said, "I couldn't comment on that."

As they did a year ago, the Yankees made inquiries about Nomar Garciaparra, but believe he is returning to the Dodgers.

Hillenbrand, who made $5.8 million last year when he batted a combined .277 with 21 homers and 68 RBIs for the Blue Jays (81 games) and Giants (60) games, is a career .287 hitter and would fit nicely at the bottom of the Yankees' lineup.


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Hat tip to ReLaunch.