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Seven added to 40-man roster

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 20, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees added seven players to the 40-man roster this afternoon in preparation for December’s Rule 5 draft.

RHP Hector Noesi
RHP Ivan Nova
RHP Romulo Sanchez
INF Reegie Corona
INF Eduardo Nunez
INF Kevin Russo
OF Austin Jackson

To open a spot on the 40-man, Shelley Duncan was outrighted off the roster.

I honestly didn’t think Noesi was eligible, but I was obviously wrong about that one. Otherwise, I think the Yankees protected the players they had to protect. There are plenty of guys who could very well be taken — Grant Duff, Zach Kroenke, Colin Curtis, Kanekoa Texeira, Kevin Whelan — but this is a pretty aggressive bit of roster tinkering, and a solid minor league system is going to have several viable Rule 5 candidates.

I’m going to make some phone calls. Until then, here’s the full press release from the Yankees.

The New York Yankees announced today they have added right-handed pitchers Hector Noesi, Ivan Nova and Romulo Sanchez, infielders Reegie Corona, Eduardo Nunez and Kevin Russo and outfielder Austin Jackson and to the 40-man roster.

Noesi, 22, appeared in 26 combined games (20 starts) with Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa in 2009, going 6-4 with a 2.92 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 117.0 IP. He also combined to hold opponents to a .220 batting average (96-for-436) with only 15 walks and was named a midseason All-Star with Charleston. Noesi was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on December 3, 2004, out of the Dominican Republic.

Nova, 22, made 24 combined starts with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2009, going 6-8 with a 3.68 ERA (139.1IP, 57ER). He also made two postseason starts for Scranton/WB, going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA, allowing just three earned runs in 14.0 IP and striking out 10 batters. Originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 15, 2004, Nova was selected by San Diego in the 2008 Rule 5 Draft before being returned to the Yankees.

Sanchez, 25, was acquired by the Yankees on May 16, 2009, from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for RHP Eric Hacker. He spent the year at the Triple-A level, combining to go 6-5 with a 4.09 ERA (77.0 IP, 35 ER) and 79 strikeouts in 29 games (13 starts) with Indianapolis (PIT) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY). Sanchez was originally signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on March 8, 2002, out of Lara, Venezuela.

Corona, 23, combined to bat .257 (120-for-467) with 69 runs, 28 doubles, six home runs, 40 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 129 games with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, earning midseason All-Star honors with Trenton. The Caracas, Venezuela, native was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2003. A switch-hitting infielder, he was selected by Seattle in the 2008 Rule 5 Draft, and was returned to the Yankees on April 3, 2009.

Nunez, 22, batted .322 (160-for-497) with nine home runs, 55 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 123 games with Double-A Trenton in 2009, making 120 starts at shortstop. In his first season at the Double-A level, he ranked second in the Eastern League in hits and third in batting average, and was the lone Thunder player to earn both midseason and postseason All-Star honors. Originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on February 25, 2004, Nunez was a non-roster spring training invitee in 2009.

Russo, 25, was named to the International League’s 2009 postseason All-Star team after batting .326 (115-for-353) with 51 runs, 18 doubles, five home runs, 31 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 90 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He also walked 42 times, ranking fourth in the IL with a team-high .397 on-base percentage. Russo was selected by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Jackson, 22, was selected as the 2009 International League “Rookie of the Year” after batting .300 (151-for-504) with 67 runs, 23 doubles, nine triples, four home runs, 65 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 132 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In his first full season at the Triple-A level, he led the IL in triples and ranked second in hits. Originally selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Jackson entered 2009 rated as the organization’s top prospect as well as its “Best Athlete” and “Best Defensive Outfielder” by Baseball America. He attended 2009 spring training as a non-roster invitee, batting .333 (12-for-36) with three home runs in 23 games.

In addition, infielder/outfielder Shelley Duncan was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees’ roster now stands at 39.

 
 

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64 Responses to “Seven added to 40-man roster”

  1. BigYank1 November 20th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Chad, can you give us a list of who was left off? Thanks in advance.

  2. MR.OCTOBER November 20th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    With that many middle infielders added it seems as if Hairston wont be back.

  3. Chad Jennings November 20th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I don’t have a full list of who was left off, but I’ll look through the rosters and come up with the most likely candidates.

  4. Noreaster November 20th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Why have the roster sit at 39? Are we expecting another move soon?

  5. Christina: Pictures from the Yankees Parade November 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Shelley has an option or is he a free agent now?

  6. Phil November 20th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    One of the arguments for the strength of our system is the number of players we lose every year in the rule 5. That represents a good degree of depth.

  7. Thomas November 20th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Hector Noesi over Duff or ever Whelan?? Interesting.

    And Shelley will be waiver and once he clears he’ll go to AAA.

  8. champ809 November 20th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    i think they should have added Colin Curtis and left Corona off but pretty much everyone else they protected is who I thought had to be protected AJax,Nunez,Nova,Romulo,Noesi,Russo….I think we’re going to lose Curtis,Duff,Whelan and Kroenke

  9. Christina: Pictures from the Yankees Parade November 20th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I really liked what I saw from Zach Kroenke. I cant imagine he will be unclaimed for a long time.

  10. Joe from Long Island November 20th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I think that whomever is claimed on Rule V has to stick on the major league 25-man roster for the entire season (barring DL), else be returned. So, some of the claimed players may be back in pinstripes at the end of ST.

  11. Betsy November 20th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Chad, great work – thank you!!

  12. JRod November 20th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    November 20th, 2009 at 6:15 pm
    I think that whomever is claimed on Rule V has to stick on the major league 25-man roster for the entire season (barring DL), else be returned. So, some of the claimed players may be back in pinstripes at the end of ST.
    —————————-
    Correct. Corona and Nova were returned to the Yanks late last spring. The Twins worked out a deal with the Yanks so they could keep Jason Jones and take himoff the 25-man

  13. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    The farm system has a lot of depth, but not a lot of high end near ML ready talent.

  14. Betsy November 20th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    It might have been nice for Law to provide a reason why Roy won’t be wearing pinstripes next year. I don’t think he will be, but I’m not being paid to conduct chats on ESPN, with people hanging on my every word:

    Stephanie (Laguna Beach, CA)

    Hey Keith, is Roy Halliday more likely to stay in Toronto, become a Yankee, or become a Dodger?

    Klaw (1:51 PM)

    I’d be very surprised if he became a Yankee.

  15. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I guess that means we’re getting Halladay…

  16. Yankee Trader November 20th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Betsy- I’m going to predict that Halladay gets traded to a NL team by X-Mas, OR that Toronto waits until the July deadline since they have some of their pitchers coming back, and then he goes to a contender, but becomes a FA.

    Anyone-What is so special about Corona?

  17. Phil November 20th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Rich,

    and that’s fine, cause at the high end of the system we have a bunch of World Champions.

  18. Betsy November 20th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Yankee Trader, the Jays will get pennies on the $$$ if they wait until the deadline….

  19. Yankee Trader November 20th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    If the Dodgers are not interested in Lackey, why would they be interested in trading Kershaw/Billingsley + others, and then sign an extension for Halladay. Whose divorce proceedings does that salary come from??

  20. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Phil,

    I partially agree. It’s fine if they can develop high end prospects within the next couple of years when players like Jeter and possibly Alex could begin to decline a little. At which point, they may need to be able to trade for players like Hanley Ramirez to supplement what could become an aging core.

    The downside right now is that it limits their ability to trade for Halladay.

    Now, if Brackman and some of other the other TJ surgery recipients start bouncing back this season, the outlook could change rapidly.

    It may limit the trades they can make, for example, players like Halladay, but as long as they have high end mL talent in a year or two, they will be able to trade for guys like Hanley Ramirez,

  21. Yankee Trader November 20th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Betsy-

    I’m not so sure about that. The Brewers gave up one of the top prospects to the Indians in Matt LaPorta, knowing CC was going to test FA.

  22. Mark in Tampa November 20th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Betsy,

    If the Jays don’t trade Halladay this winter, it is because they are only being offered pennies on the dollar now.

    MLB looks to me to be becoming a bit like the NFL. Trades for players rarely happen, teams value the unknown of a draft pick more than they do the known value of an established player. With costs for players escalating, MLB is starting to think that way.

  23. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Disregard the last paragraph. I didn’t see it when I edited.

  24. The Ghost November 20th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I think the Yankees are waiting for Austin Jackson’s power to kick in but they forget that Mattingly’s power didn’t kick in until he was 23 – in the majors – and on his way to a batting title. The only think Jackson is missing right now is the power but I think they should promote him next year anyway because I think he can help the team a lot more than Gardner could.

  25. Joe from Long Island November 20th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    The Dodgers are not getting Halladay. They’re focused on the divorce, and then, the sale of the team to divvy between the McCourts. And that doesn’t even begin to deal with the debt burden that Frank McCourt took on to buy the team in the first place. That franchise is not going to do anything constructive for a while.

    I think the realistic suitors for Doc include the Yanks (if Cash decides to go for it, he may well not), Red Sox, Phillies, Cubs. Everyone else has issues which get in the way, from not willing to spend, to ownership issues, to not enough young cost-controlled talent to interest trade.

    Just my opinion. We’ll see what happens.

  26. Mark in Tampa November 20th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    The exception to what I said above is the deadline deal, when teams are desperate for help down the stretch, and they want the established talent now.

  27. Mark in Tampa November 20th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Ghost,

    I think if they leave Ajax in the minors it will be because of his Ks, not his power. He does K a lot, they may fear that if he is being fooled often by AAAers that ML pitchers will toy with him.

  28. Yankee Trader November 20th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Here’s a topic:

    What if Hal tells Cashman that he’d prefer to hold 2010 salaries to just under 200M, and save money for July deadline deals.

    The starting 2009 NYY salary was 208M. Add 5M for Pettitte’s incentives so you’re at 213M season end payroll.
    Raises for Jeter,Cano, Swisher and arbitration eligible players like Cabrera, add another 5M.

    Can anyone come up with an active roster that would accomplish that and still make us contenders????

  29. Dr Mustard November 20th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    forget Halladay or Lackey….both would cost too much, the farm or $$$$$

    Id take Wang if healthy…he a number 1 type pitcher

  30. down with prospect huggers November 20th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    the only reason i see for protecting corona (who was so impressive last year he was returned to the yankees after being taken in the rule 5 draft)is for the similarity in his name and that really good mexican beer – this is why the yankees need to make more trades involving these minor leaguers..in the end if you propspect hug you’ll end up losing some in these drafts and the others never pan out in the majors like people say they will (Paging mr austin jackson)

  31. Yankee Trader November 20th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Listed are the 2009 start of season salaries:

    http://www.sportscity.com/MLB/.....s-Salaries

  32. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Jeter makes $1 m more in 2010. Cano makes $3 m, Swisher makes $1.5 m more. Let’s say Melky makes $1 m.

    That’s $6.5 m.

    Even if they sign Damon for $10 m, but don’t sign Matsui, that saves $16 m.

    You can save another $5 m without Wang.

    Subtract the $6.5 m in raises.

    So you have saved $15 million.

  33. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    btw, You also save Molina’s $2 m with Cervelli.

  34. Yankee Trader November 20th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Interesting- One NL pitcher I’d definitely be interested in!!

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting that contract extension talks between Josh Johnson and the Marlins have reached an impasse, and that the righthander will not agree to a new deal with the team at all.

    “Based on our conversations, there’s no chance of doing a long-term deal with the Marlins,” [Johnson's agent Matt] Sosnick said. “We made it clear that it was going to be this year or it wasn’t going to happen. It was now or never. And the Marlins agreed.”

    Sosnick says that Johnson made it clear he wanted to remain with the team, “but they just weren’t comfortable going to the fourth year.” Marlins’ GM Michael Hill wouldn’t comment on the negotiations as per team policy.

    The 25-year-old Johnson had a 3.23 ERA in 33 starts for the Marlins this year, making his first All Star Team. The righty earned $1.45MM in 2009, and has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining before he hits the free agent market. Sosnick added that given his age and performance, Johnson’s next contract could be worth nine figures.

  35. bg90027 November 20th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I don’t really understand the organizational philosophy behind protecting so many players. AJ, Nova and to a lesser extent Russo had to be protected. I can see the argument for protecting one or two more of the major league ready arms but to protect 7 players and fill 39 spots when there’s clearly a need for 3-5 spots on the 40 man (OF, DH, and SP at a minimum and possibly util and another OF). And even then, there are only 2 catchers on the roster so an injury to Posada or Cervilli would require another 40 man move.

    It seems to me that baring a trade to move some of these guys, there is a greater risk of losing some of the fringe players by having to pass a guy through waivers to open up roster spots then there is through the rule V draft. At least with the rule V, the drafting team has to keep them on the 25 man roster or return them, and there’s a good chance they’ll return them.

    Does this signal an increasingly likelihood that Wang and/or Mitre will be non-tendered? Could the thinking be that they want these guys available to trade during the off-season and value them higher than Edwar and/or Garcia who might be the first to go when spots are needed?

    In the larger scheme of things, its really not the end of the world if they end up losing Corona, Nunez and/or Sanchez to free up roster spots later. I just thought they protected too many pitchers last fall and boxed themselves into a corner unnecessarily forcing 40 man roster choices in the spring last year and they seem to be doing the same thing with middle infielders this year. I just don’t really understand the philosophy behind the moves.

  36. Yankee Trader November 20th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Rich-

    That gets you to about 196M before resigning Pettitte, which puts you well over 200M.

  37. vinny-b (lock up Girardi and let Jeter wait) November 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    thank you chad.

    i wonder why Nunez isn’t talked of more (by fans and the media) he really looks like a solid prospect. Am i missing something?

  38. Mark in Tampa November 20th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Cervelli showing that he is capable of being the second catcher will save money. So will Pena instead of Hairston as utility IF. Gardner as 4th outfield instead of a vet saves money. They also don’t really need to spend money for bullpen help.
    So, they lose the salaries of:
    Hinske, Hairston, Molina, Pettitte, Wang, Damon, Matsui, Nady.

    They need to add the salaries of: LF, DH, and 1 or 2 starting pitchers. They should be able to get Pettitte back for @ what he made this year after incentives. Matsui for @7-9M. They still have money to get a LF, and maybe another pitcher and be under this year’s salary number.

  39. Nick in SF in Larkspur November 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    If Cervelli is the backup and then either he or Posada gets hurt — then what?

  40. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Yankee Trader

    Pettitte would make the same money as last season except the entire $10 m would be guaranteed, so it’s a push.

  41. vinny-b (lock up Girardi and let Jeter wait) November 20th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....l#comments

    I take it Toronto is satisfied getting crap in return, instead of trading Halladay within the division.

  42. Phil November 20th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Rich,

    I think trades are being made differently these days, and with his NTC, Halladay will be a Yankee if he wants to be a Yankee.

    Brackman was rocking the house when they took his changeup away and threw him in the pen down the stretch. And reportedly he rocked instructs, too. He’s a big candidate for a swift rise. Also, as we’ve seen through the years, are minor league parks are masking some hitting talent.

  43. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Phil,

    I think Halladay wants to be a Yankee.

  44. Mark in Tampa November 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    “If Cervelli is the backup and then either he or Posada gets hurt — then what?”

    You can say that about just about any position on just about any team. Nobody thought Cervelli was even near ready to play last year. Catcher is supposed to be one of deepest positions in the organization right now. At any rate, if they go with Cervelli or not, I would rather not see Molina back. I thought his defense was well below what is normally expected of him, and his offense couldn’t have been worse.

  45. Phil November 20th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Rich,

    So do I. He makes the most sense for them.

  46. Phil November 20th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I thought Cervelli would be fine as the back-up last year, even though he had a bad start in AA. There was basically no offense he had to replace as the back-up and his defense was already there. The Yanks protected him 2 years ago because they were sure someone would take him and make him a back up.

  47. nyyfaninlaaland November 20th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Chad – long time no talk to since your move over from Scranton- long belated congrats!

    Corona is likely only a util IF but he is a 22 year old playing in AAA, and got selected though not kept last year. There will need to be other moves made – only 1 open roster spot and likely 3 FA’s added. Though it’s been said Mitre will be kept, I have doubts. And Edwar might be on the trade block or worse too. Maybe a multi-player deal lands someone for one of the open spots.

    I gotta agree with Rich – Yanks have a deep system but a little short on very high end talent that can slide into key roles with the club in the short term. Of course, there aren’t a huge number of holes. But considering guys like Kroenke, Whelan, Nova, Curtis, Laird, Noesi, Nunez, Corona, and Russo couldn’t even crack our top 30 in Baseball America pre-season, that’s a lot of useful system depth. Now Corona, Kroenke, and Nova had been selected in the Rule 5 so weren’t in the org at the time, and Sanchez wasn’t in the system yet.

    Can’t wait to hear all the pundits pan the Yanks system again. Such as Law last year saying having 5 guys selected in the Rule 5 draft didn’t mean NY had a good system. Not to him anyway. Yet 9 of our BA top 30 saw time in the majors (1, Steven Jackson, not in NY), and weren’t the Yanks kind of in contention this year, rather than rebuilding? Plus none of the top 6 were in those 9. Oh well, another mediocre year in NY’s minor league system.

  48. Doreen November 20th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    NickinSF

    If Cervelli goes down, I believe there are a couple of serviceable catchers in the minors. GB7 will know their names. PJ Pilitiere is one (spelling is probably wrong). We’re talking serviceable, as Cervelli was supposed to be last season, but turned out to be a little more than that.

  49. Nick in SF in Larkspur November 20th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    “You can say that about just about any position on just about any team.”

    Sure, but if the Royals’ backup catcher goes down, does it matter to anyone, perhaps including the Royals? Anyway, needing a third catcher at some point is more likely than needing someone to play a significant number of games at second base or shortstop. And, of course, the discussion here is about the Yankees, not any other team.

    I’m not advocating keeping Molina, but I was curious about the question. We do have depth at catcher. So is this the time to start to use that depth to get younger/cheaper/more athletic, or would it be imprudent to dilute that depth (as randy l. has suggested)?

    I’m more inclined to go with Cervelli too, but I don’t think it’s a no-brainer.

  50. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Cervelli is better than Molina. That should be the end of the inquiry.

  51. bg90027 November 20th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Clearly the Yankees can go out and get a Chad Moeller/Chris Stewart/Kevin Cash Good Field/No Hit type and stick him at AAA with no 40 man spot for insurance and I’d assume that they will. I don’t mind seeing Molina leave and Cervelli become the backup. I think Cervelli has earned the chance. However, I think they are being overly aggressive with roster spots because there are only 2 catchers on the 40 man and at some point, Posada or Cervelli are going to get hurt. At that point, they will need to make a 40 man move. Why paint themselves in the corner the way they are? I don’t really get it.

  52. Mark in Tampa November 20th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    If Cervelli goes down, the Yankees do have the depth to bring somebody up-Piliterre early season, maybe even Montero if something happens late in the year.

    If Posada goes down, there is no answer presently in the organization, with or w/o Molina. If he is down long term, they would have to deal for a catcher, or have the 2008 experience again.

  53. jack -lv nv November 20th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    When a player is taken in the Rule 5 draft are you able to pull back another player and protect him?

  54. Doreen November 20th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Mark in Tampa -

    Oh, no! Not he 2008 experience again! LOL

    Ugh. That wasn’t fun – and they did do a trade for that “Pudge” guy who never really seemed to fit, did he? And then he was directly responsible for ruining Joba’s year, wasn’t he? What a disaster.

    We do not want the 2008 experience again! :lol:

  55. Yankee Trader November 20th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    You can lop off 50-51M in salaries from Damon, Matsui, Pettitte, Nady, Wang, Molina, Hairston, Hinske, Edwar Ramirez, Bruney, Albaladejo.

    Add 6.5M for raises and arbitration eligibles. So you’ve saved about 44M from 213M year end salaries. So we’re starting at 169M:

    Pettitte 12M
    Damon 10M
    Trade for Granderson 5.5M
    Move Swisher to DH to share with Damon

    Now we’re at 196.5M, without Molina, Wang, Bruney or a bench

    Is my math off, trying to keep the payroll under 200M, if Hal asks that of Cashman?

  56. bg90027 November 20th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Montero isn’t close to ready to play catcher in the majors. He has a lot of work to do on his defense. He and Romine were splitting the role until he got promoted to AA and he was injured soon afterward. Maybe its not a stretch to say his bat would be ready by the end of the year but he’s not an option behind the plate at any point next year. You can’t rush catchers. I’m not sure the Yankees view Piliterre as much more than organizational filler. I’d expect a low-cost trade or signing of a no hit/good field type for the AAA team. Remember that Cashman traded for Chris Stewart last spring even after he signed Kevin Cash when Cervelli went down.

  57. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Are Albaladejo and Ramirez still on the 40 man? If so, what a waste.

  58. ... November 20th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Isn’t Cervelli out of options, so he can’t be sent down to the minors without exposing to other teams anyway? That would make him the backup catcher by default.

  59. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Cervelli has only used up two option years.

  60. m1kew November 20th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Does this mean Alan Horne is subject to be drafted in the Rule 5 draft?

  61. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Yes.

  62. Tom K November 20th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    If Cervelli were to get injured, it wouldn’t be a big deal – I think he can be a solid backup, but the Yankees will have the depth to cover it.

    As for Posada, you just have to hope he can get through another season unscathed, while Montero & Romine continue to develop. You are not going to find a backup that is capable of replacing Posada – those kinds of backups are called starting catchers. So you just hope & pray he stays healthy.

  63. Kay November 21st, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Chad, if the Yankees don’t have a place or want for players like Curtis,Duff, Kroenke,Whelan or Wordekemper why not make a minor deal and trade them or release them to make room for someone else?

  64. Sports Geek November 21st, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I’m surprised that Colin Curtis is not on the 40-man. How could they leave him unprotected after his results in the AZ league?

    I feel sorry for Shelley Duncan. I hope he gets a good shot in the bigs from some other team.


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