Following today’s game, the Yankees added Ramiro Pena to the 40-man roster and reassigned INF Angel Berroa to minor league camp. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated RHP Dan Giese for assignment.
Pena will wear No. 19.
Instant analysis: This not a move to get to worked up about as Pena will likely be around only until Alex Rodriguez returns. Then Cody Ransom will return to the utility spot.
But it does speak to the change of direction by the Yankees under Joe Girardi that they would take a 23-year-old who has never been above Double-A ball instead of a 31-year-old with eight seasons of big-league experience.
Pena is a superior glove and has some speed, two qualities Girardi treasures. It will be very interesting to see whether the manager will use Pena for defensive purposes at shortstop late in games.