Showing posts with label angel berroa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label angel berroa. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Berroa DFA'd

I honestly totally forgot about Cody Ransom but he's back from his injury which means Angel Berroa is gone. I guess this means Ramiro Pena is next in line for a demotion when Nady makes his return, which shouldn't be long now. Unless they want to keep two infielders and wave bye bye to Brett Tomko.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Seriously, why are these two on a ML baseball team?

Berroa is still milking the ROTY award he stole back in 2003. That's only possible explanation I can see for the fact that anybody would have him as anything other than a minor league filler guy. He serves absolutely no purpose. He can't field at third base, the only spot he's played at this year and C.C. Sabathia would be more productive as a hitter than him. The best way to illustrate how bad he's been is that he hasn't posted a positive WAR since that rookie year in 2003. He just takes playing time away from Ramiro Pena, who at least is good in the field. I'm sure he'll be gone soon as Xavier Nady makes his way back from injury but its annoying for me to see a guy with no value on the ML team while John Rodriguez and Shelley Duncan mash in AAA. John Rodriguez in particular has consistently posted excellent numbers in AAA over the past few years and hit well in his brief ML time. I would love to see him get a shot.

Brett Tomko's presence makes a bit more sense but not much. He has a career of mediocore starting behind him at least rather than complete futility, got unlucky last year on balls in play, and dominated AAA. However, he's proven pretty clearly he can't get ML hitters out this year. I thought he would be gone in a matter of hours after his game blowing performance against the Marlins. Apparently not though. He's been really bad. He can't even keep a team in the game and give them innings if a starter comes out early as his most recent job indicated. With so many former starters in the bullpen, they don't need a guy that give them mop-up innings. So, why not call up Claggett or Melancon, hell even Edwar is working his way back into a ML job somewhere. If they're desperate for a long man, Sergio Mitre makes sense.

The Yankees are always slow to cut away guys that aren't producing. Why? I have no idea but they'd do well to replace these two.

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.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Third Base

When A-Rod went down we knew the Yankees were going suffer a huge loss. A-Rod's the best or second best third baseman in baseball (David Wright?). Still, nobody expected a line of .180/.226/.320 from Cody Ransom. We also hoped to see at least average fielding. But we didn't get that and after Ransom went down yesterday, their weren't many Yankees fans sweating the loss. A-Rod is making a faster recovery than expected and could be back by early May if he suffers no setbacks. However, they still need to shore up that hole for a few more weeks. Among the candidates are Angel Berroa, Ramiro Pena, and Eric Duncan.

First we have the favorite, Ramiro Pena. Pena was a long shot to make the ML roster going into Spring Training. However, he impressed during Spring Training and made the team. Pena's strength is really his glove. He's a fantastic shortstop and the idea of him and Cano up the middle is tantalizing. However, he's definitely not a ML level hitter. He's never even played in AAA and last year had a line of .266/.330/.357. He's not going to hit any better than Ransom. Pena will probably get the job and his defense is a weapon but if he's Derek Jeter's succesor I'd be shocked.

Next up is Angel Berroa. Unlike the other two, Berroa has quite a bit of ML experience. His ROTY award in 2003 gave him more second chances than Sidney Ponson. He never followed up on that yera's success and since then has been barely replacement level. He also has next to no experience at third base. He played the position for one third of an inning in 2007 and I assume he tried it out in Spring Training but their's nothing to indicate he'd be a very good third baseman. As a SS he's been slightly below average so I hold little hope for him. The only reason he's getting a look is his hot start in AAA. He's batting .316/.365/.491 so far for Scranton. I have very little hope for him.

And finally we reach the Yankees own fallen star, Eric Duncan. Ideally for the Yankees, and Duncan, he would have continued on his path to stardom and given the Yankees a much cheaper, less annoying replacement for Alex Rodriguez when he opted out of his contract. However, things didn't work out like that did they? Instead, he had a few poor, injury plagued years and fell off the map completely. He's now blocked at third base by Mark Teixeira as well. Although he's dabbled in the outfield, his chances of being a Yankees starter are pretty much zero. The Yankees have nothing to lose by giving him a shot and if they can catch lightning in a bottle with him, then he could regain some of his former luster as a trade chip. He's cooled since last we checked in on him but he's still batting .326/.400/.419. I say give him a shot and hope for the best. Simply DFA Ransom to make room for him on the 40 man roster. Duncan, like Pena, has the potential to give the Yankees something. However, theirs none of the risk.