CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jorge Vazquez wasn't mentioned much by the Yankees over the winter, but the slugging first baseman has homered in the team's first two Grapefruit League games, forcing them to take notice.
"If he hits a homer every day, I'm sure he'll get the Grapefruit [League] MVP," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Beyond that, though, nothing is assured. Girardi said that it is possible the 28-year-old Vazquez -- who hit 18 homers in 76 games last year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- could work his way into the mix to compete for a backup corner-infield job.
"We've always said that he could swing the bat," Girardi said. "He had a tremendous winter ball [season] again. He can put up numbers."