Showing posts with label Roster Moves. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Roster Moves. Show all posts

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bullpen Moves

TheYankees are in pretty good shape right now. They're only two games behind Boston for the division and three games ahead of the Angels, Toronto, and Tampa for the Wild Card. If not for their miserable record against the Red Sox, they'd be sitting on top of the AL East with a comfortable lead. However, they have some obvious flaws and we're at the point in the season were the sample sizes are starting to become large enough for some use.

Its pretty obvious that some players are just not getting the job done and their are other guys languishing away in the minor leagues, waiting for a shot. Jose Veras, Phil Coke (more on him later), and Brett Tomko have just been awful. Replacing them with a few guys that can actually pitch would go a long way towards solving our bullpen issues.

First of all, we have the obvious. Brian Bruney will make his return tomorrow and if he can pitch anything like he did last year and the start of this year, he will quickly find his way back to the eight inning role (although I could change my mind tomorrow on that). I have high hopes for Bruney and believe that he, not Melancon or Joba, will be the next Yankees closer. His fastball velocity has steadily been rising over the years and at 27, is in the prime of his career.

Next is Mark Melancon to most Yankees fans he is the heir apparent to Mariano Rivera. I was calling for his promotion last September and now I definitely think he's ready. He didn't really get much of a shot in his brief ML stint this year but I think with time he will establish himself as a reliable cog in that bullpen. Anthony Claggett and Edwar Ramirez would also be in line for this spot.

Finally, we need a guy that can go multiple innings to take Tomko's place. That guy, for me, is Sergio Mitre. He has two good starts under his belt now in AAA and about nine innings of A ball in which he posted an FIP of 2.45. In his last ML stint in Florida, since then he's been hurt, he posted a deceptively high, but still solid, ERA of 4.65. I say deceptively high because his FIP was two ticks under four.

I doubt Coke will go because his ERA is low and he has earned Girardi's trust but Tomko and Veras for Mitre and Bruney would be an excellent trade off. I really don't care how good Veras' stuff is, he doesn't get outs and that's the bottom line.

BTW, this is the 1,000th post on the Chuck Knoblog. Its come a long way since I first joined Charlie and Nate back in August of last year and even longer since Nate launched the latest and greatest unnecesary Yankees blog. Its been great and I hope we can keep going for another 1,000 posts.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Off Day Update

  • Video of Joba's arrest is out on the web.
  • All of the Yankee's minor league rosters were released today.
  • Sliding into Home has another Original Yankee Stadium Destruction photo update.
  • The mystery of the black curtain has been solved.
  • Selena Roberts A-Rod book has been pushed back.
  • New Stadium Insider talks of Standing Room ticket prices.
  • Check out the official list of Yankee Sponsors.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Odds and Ends

  • A-Rod has been placed on the DL.
  • Ramiro Pena beat out Berrora for the utility infielder spot.
  • Stadium Insider gives a great review of the New Stadium (I will post my thoughts later tonight).
  • To amend the obstructed views in the bleachers the Yankees have added some TVs (right).

Friday, February 13, 2009

09 Spring Training Roster

Pete Abe brings us the roster:
This is the 2009 Spring Training Roster 

2 Derek Jeter INF
11 Brett Gardner OF
12 Cody Ransom INF
13 Alex Rodriguez INF
14 Angel Berroa INF
17 Shelley Duncan INF/OF
18 Johnny Damon OF
19 Kevin Cash C
20 Jorge Posada C
22 Xavier Nady OF
24 Robinson Cano INF
25 Mark Teixeira INF
26Jose MolinaC
27 Joe Girardi MGR
28 Melky Cabrera OF
29 Kei Igawa LHP
30 David Robertson RHP
31 Ian Kennedy RHP
33 Nick Swisher OF/INF
34 A.J. Burnett RHP
36 Edwar Ramirez RHP
38 Brian Bruney RHP
39 Dan Giese RHP
40 Chien-Ming Wang RHP
41 Jose Veras RHP
42 Mariano Rivera RHP
43 Damaso Marte LHP
45 Jason Johnson RHP
46 Andy Pettitte LHP
47 John Rodriguez OF
48 Phil Coke LHP
50 Mick Kelleher COACH
52 CC Sabathia LHP
54 Kevin Long COACH
55 Hideki Matsui OF
56 Tony Pena COACH
57 Mike Harkey COACH
58 Dave Eiland COACH
59 Rob Thomson COACH
60 Todd Linden OF
61 Sergio Mitre RHP
62 Joba Chamberlain RHP
63 Jonathan Albaladejo RHP
64 Andrew Brackman RHP
65 Phil Hughes RHP
66 J.B. Cox RHP
67 Anthony Claggett RHP
68 Wilkin De La Rosa LHP
70 Christian Garcia RHP
71 Eric Hacker RHP
72 Juan Miranda INF
73 Doug Bernier INF
74 Justin Leone INF
75 Francisco Cervelli C
76 Kevin Russo INF
77 Humberto Sanchez RHP
78 Mark Melancon RHP
79 Colin Curtis OF
80 Steven Jackson RHP
81 Kyle Anson C
82 Austin Jackson OF
83 Jesus Montero C
84 Austin Romine C
85 Michael Dunn LHP
86 P.J. Pilittere C
90 Ramiro Pena INF
91 Alfredo Aceves RHP
92 Eduardo Nunez INF
93 George Kontos RHP
94 Kanekoa Texeira RHP

Monday, June 30, 2008

Gardner Called Up

According to a local paper in South Carolina, Brett Gardner has been called up to the Bronx. The corresponding demotion/DFA/DL stint has not been released yet, but I'll post it later. Gardner was playing very well in AAA this season, .287/.412/.429 with three homers and 34 steals. It is unclear whether or not he'll be able to hit in the majors, but he can't be much worse than Melky, and we know he can run.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Yanks Have Some Moves to Make

As I am sure you all know, the Yankees will play the Mets in a gimmicky home and home doubleheader on Friday. Due to this, the Yankees will need to call up Sir Sidney Ponson. There are a few moves the Yankees can make to clear a spot on the roster for Sir Sidney:
  • DFA Chad Moeller. Jorge has been back for three weeks now, and it doesn't seem like the Yankees need to carry three catchers anymore
  • Send down Justin Christian. He probably won't be on the roster long anyway.
  • DFA LaTroy Hawkins. We all know he sucks, and the move is probably inevitable, so why not Friday?
My choice would be Hawkins. All three of those moves will happen in the near future, but Moeller may actually be helpful this weekend, since the Yanks will play four games in three days. Christian should probably stay on the roster until Damon and Matsui are healthy, so it looks like it will be Hawkins.