Baseball America has listed the six-year free agents for each team. Here’s the Yankees list.
New York Yankees (17)
RHP: Paul Bush (AA), Michael Gardner (AA), Justin Pope (AA), Humberto Sanchez (AAA), Jay Stephens (AA), Jose Valdez (AAA)
C: Brian Peterson (AAA), Chris Stewart (AAA)
3B: Eric Duncan (AAA), Carlos Mendoza (AA), Cody Ransom (AAA), Marcos Vechionacci (AA)
SS: Doug Bernier (AAA)
OF: Edwar Gonzalez (AA), Freddy Guzman (AAA), Richie Robnett (AA), John Rodriguez (AAA)
Starting pitcher Jason Hirsh, a mid-season addition from Colorado, is not included on the list. Neither is outfielder Noah Hall. I thought both would be free agents and I’ve sent an email to check on their status. Hirsh would be a nice addition if he’s still with the organization.
As for the 17 guys listed, Eric Duncan is probably the biggest name on the list. He was the Yankees first-round pick in 2003. Humberto Sanchez and Marcos Vechionacci were also highly touted prospects whose careers stalled.
UPDATE, 11:05 a.m.: Here’s the response email from Mark Newman: “(Jason Hirsh) is our property and subject to the Rule 5 draft. Noah Hall is a free agent.”
So there you have it. Not sure how Hirsh is still with the Yankees — he was drafted the same year as Eric Duncan — but he’s a nice addition. Once a huge prospect who put up terrific numbers in the Pacific Coast League before a series of injuries knocked him off track. He really pitched well in Scranton at the end of last season.
UPDATE, 11:32 a.m.: Some former Yankees who are now free agents from other teams: Chase Wright, Eric Hacker, Justin Christian, Casey Fossum, Matt DeSalvo, Scott Patterson, Charlie Manning, Oneli Perez, T.J. Beam, Justin Leone.
As for possible Yankees targets, they’re probably going to want/need a corner outfielder for the Triple-A team. They’ll probably also want a veteran catcher in Triple-A (might be keeping the spot warm until Jesus Montero comes up). And a veteran infielder might not be a bad idea considering that Scranton infielder could be really, really young next year.
I’ve said before that I’m a big fan of Bobby Scales, who can play anywhere except shortstop (and could probably do that in a pinch). Dallas McPherson and Terry Tiffee have good power at third base (which is a weak spot in the upper levels of the Yankees system). Rich Thompson has a lot of speed in the outfield (think Freddy Guzman) while Chris Denorfia, Chip Ambres, Brent Clevlen, Josh Kroeger, Michael Restovich or Brad Snyder would also be interesting in the Triple-A outfield. At catcher, getting Chris Stewart back makes the most sense, but I wouldn’t blame him for looking elsewhere.