The New York Yankees have received a major boost offensively in the form of Matt Carpenter. The Yankees got him, practically for nothing, after every other team passed up on the chance to claim him after he was let go by the Texas Rangers in spring. Since making his move out to the Bronx and shaving his beard, Carpenter has been on a tear at the plate, which is prompting Aaron Boone to consider making a significant move in order to open up more playing opportunities for the veteran slugger.
While Boone didn’t rule out the possibility of Carpenter getting some run in the outfield, he said it’s something he hasn’t given too much thought to. For reference, Carpenter last played in the outfield in 2014, when he played two games in right field for the Cardinals. He started a total of 13 games between right and left field in 2012, but otherwise has spent most of his career shifting around the infield.
He’s a versatile defender, having played a significant amount of first base, second base, and third base in his career, so it’s certainly feasible that he’d be able to adapt to an outfield role, at least on occasion. Still, at 36 years old, he may not have the speed required to be a reliable outfielder.
Boone is certainly going to explore different ways to increase Carpenter’s role on the team, as he’s certainly warranted increased playing time. Since joining the Yankees, Carpenter has featured in 10 games, slashing .333/.467/1.125 with 6 home runs and 13 RBI. He already set a Yankee record by driving in 7 RBI in a single game during an emphatic win against the Cubs over the weekend.