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Finding a job for three new guys

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Three minor leaguers will be added to the Yankees roster before tonight’s game. All three seem likely to play fairly minor roles, but that’s what September call-ups are about, small tweaks that might help once in a while.

ph_452293Jonathan Albaladejo
Relief pitcher
Who: The top reliever in the International League, he earned his call-up and then some. His Triple-A stats are seriously stunning: 63.1 IP, 38 H, 18 BB, 82 K, 1.42 ERA and a .170 opponents batting average. Triple-A right-handers are hitting .111 against him.
Why: How could any team pass up those numbers? Albaladejo seems to have reinvented himself since his past two years on the Yankees Opening Day roster. He’s more of a four-seam guy these days, and he’s pitched well in limited big league action this season.
Role: Limited. He’s not going to push Dave Robertson, Joba Chamberalin or Kerry Wood out of the eighth inning, but he’ll probably get a chance to pitch and could certainly beginning making an impression for next season. He’s not really seen as a long man any more, so the Yankees need to see this new one-inning-at-a-time version. 

ph_449172Greg Golson
Center fielder
Who: Former first-round pick who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Rangers. He can play defense at all three outfield spots, and he has plus speed despite only 17 stolen bases with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He hit .263 with 10 homers in Triple-A, and he got his first big league hit this season with the Yankees.
Why: In making my September call-up predictions, I somehow forgot the lesson of Freddy Guzman: There’s always room for a guy who can run. Even with Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez providing some speed off the bench, Golson could be this year’s Guzman.  
Role: Running. It’s hard to imagine Golson getting regular playing time in the Yankees outfield — even against left-handed starters — but he can come off the bench to steal a bag, or he can play defense in the late innings to give one of the regulars a break. The Yankees found a spot for Guzman, even in the postseason.

moellerChad Moeller
Catcher
Who: Veteran catcher signed at the end of spring training to backup and mentor Jesus Montero in Triple-A, and to serve as insurance in New York. Moeller has played in the big leagues every year since 2000, and he’s already spent some time with the Yankees this season.
Why: Moeller played only 28 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Montero was the team’s starter — and a postseason all-star — but Moeller was the guy with experience. That’s why he’s the guy who go the call-up. There was no need to put Montero on the 40-man sooner than necessary.
Role: Third catcher. Given Jorge Posada’s occasional injury problems and Francisco Cervelli’s slumping offense, a third option behind the plate makes obvious sense. Even when he was the second catcher earlier this season, Moeller hardly played. He’s probably here to play in the late innings if and when Cervelli is lifted for a pinch hitter.

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70 Responses to “Finding a job for three new guys”

  1. Joe from Long Island September 1st, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Agreement to discuss moving? Sounds to me as if the Yanks are looking for some improvements around Steinbrenner Field. Things to increase their revenues, perhaps?

  2. Crawdaddy September 1st, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Is there anything official yet?

  3. Crawdaddy September 1st, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Official in regard to the callups not the Tampa Yankees situation.

  4. Erin September 1st, 2010 at 11:03 am

    In making my September call-up predictions, I somehow forgot the lesson of Freddy Guzman

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    Freddy Guzman-there’s a name I completely forgot. LOL

  5. Erica in NY September 1st, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Erin-

    Happy Robbie Cano month!

  6. John in Ohio September 1st, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I really wanted to see Montero get a September call up, but the Moeller move is a no-brainer. SWB loses Albaladejo, but keeps Montero for the playoffs.

  7. Erin September 1st, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Erica in NY September 1st, 2010 at 11:04 am
    Erin-

    Happy Robbie Cano month!

    ***************************
    Thank you! In all honesty, I actually flipped my calendar to September last week. The wait was killing me. :)

  8. Jerkface September 1st, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Agreement to discuss moving? Sounds to me as if the Yanks are looking for some improvements around Steinbrenner Field. Things to increase their revenues, perhaps?

    Don’t think they’re going to get anything. Its not like Tampa has much to work with in that area. I think this is just a straight move to get into a better market.

  9. 86w183 September 1st, 2010 at 11:17 am

    The testy issue is going to be Berkman who now appears to be only a DH versus RHP. It would seem absurd to take playing time away from Thames right now and load knows no one wants to see him back in the OF.

    Happy if Dejo gets the call, but it kinda stinks for Scranton players and fans. I guess Romulo Sanchez will close?

  10. stuckey99 September 1st, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Right now the Yankees are a representative Derek Jeter and A-Rod from clicking on ALL cylinders offensively. Whereas once Montero might have been seem as a jolt in the arm, that’s not so much a concern anymore.

    Let the 20 year old play in the AAA postseason and after that, maybe let him just sit on the bench and observe what it’s like to be part of a major league club for 10 days or so. No need to put him on the 40-man.

  11. pat September 1st, 2010 at 11:24 am

    A day off seems to have re-ignited Tex.

    Berkman at 1B a few days between now and October might not be a bad thing.

  12. tyanksfan36 September 1st, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Joe

    It would make sense for them to move the tampa yankees to orlando. As a fan of the Tampa yankees it it bums me out cause I won’t be able to go to as many games, but I see why they might want to move. On any given night at steinbrenner field, there is only upwards of 200 people in the stands. I’ve been to other stadiums for tampa yankee games and they have a much bigger crowd. At least if they move I will still be able to see them in clearwater and dunedin. Still kinda sucks cause I live 30 minutes from the field and those are both hour drives. I don’t want them to move.

  13. Jerkface September 1st, 2010 at 11:30 am

    The testy issue is going to be Berkman who now appears to be only a DH versus RHP. It would seem absurd to take playing time away from Thames right now and load knows no one wants to see him back in the OF.

    Thames is going to go cold, and will be sat at some point in Sept. And Berkman was only ever really brought in to DH against RHP anyway. Its not like there will be a drastic change in his playtime.

  14. Robin September 1st, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Great documentary on the Yanks/Red Sox this afternoon on the cable channel “Versus” today.

    http://www.versus.com/schedule/

    “Greatest MLB Rivalries”

  15. Chip September 1st, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Berkman probably won’t get regular starts at DH right away; not until Thames cools off anyway.

  16. Joe from Long Island September 1st, 2010 at 11:33 am

    tyanksfan36 – thanks for the info. It’s a shame that they only get 200 fans to the games. Wonder why the low turnouts.

  17. tampayank September 1st, 2010 at 11:36 am

    cowherd talking about Jeter for a while now

  18. champ809 September 1st, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Kinda cool that the Yanks that play in the Arizona fall league this season will have Mattingly as their manager.

    Jesus will come up after the AAA playoffs are over- hopefully with a title under his belt- and then he will spend the rest of the season and the postseason on the Yanks bench soaking in the atmosphere of what it truly means to be a Yankee….winning in October!

    It’ll be the most valuable month of his season.

  19. tampayank September 1st, 2010 at 11:40 am

    “# Jerkface September 1st, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Agreement to discuss moving? Sounds to me as if the Yanks are looking for some improvements around Steinbrenner Field. Things to increase their revenues, perhaps?

    Don’t think they’re going to get anything. Its not like Tampa has much to work with in that area. I think this is just a straight move to get into a better market.

    I wouldn’t consider Orlando a better sports market if A ball attendance is their issue….that Tampa complex is 1st class

  20. CR9 September 1st, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Great decisions on the call ups. Need another catcher, always good to see what you have in another relief pitcher. I’d like to see Royce Ring at some point. We already have Logan for the postseason. If Damaso cant go, it’d be nice to have another lefty. And always nice to have a speed guy off the bench.

  21. Erin September 1st, 2010 at 11:41 am

    RiverAveBlues Mark Teixeira since June 8: .309/.406/.632 w/ 22 HR. That?s a 50-HR pace over 162 games.

  22. JM September 1st, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Tex has been awesome, especially considering he was so bad in April and May that I really thought he had some kind of vision problem. :)

  23. Erica in NY September 1st, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Erin September 1st, 2010 at 11:41 am
    RiverAveBlues Mark Teixeira since June 8: .309/.406/.632 w/ 22 HR. That?s a 50-HR pace over 162 games.
    ***********

    Sadly, April and May happened :-(

  24. Crawdaddy September 1st, 2010 at 11:45 am

    “cowherd talking about Jeter for a while now”

    Why should we care what that ESPN idiot has to say about Jeter or anything else Yankee related?

  25. CR9 September 1st, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Imagine if Mark was able to hit in April, and hit in the first 2 months this season, he could already be at 45 HRs. lol, id rather save them for October anyway!

  26. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 11:46 am

    The Tampa Yanks compete with a lot of area teams for attendance, not including the Devil Rays, but, I’ll call BS on the 200 a night figure. They average just over 1500 a night. They also have to deal with a lot of rainouts. Keep in mind that the Tampa Rookie Leagues are in town, so for a couple of months, they compete in a financially depressed area, too.

    Here are the updated attendance figures for the league.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....8;sid=l123

  27. JM September 1st, 2010 at 11:46 am

    RAB on AJ and his problems….

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ett-34674/

  28. tampayank September 1st, 2010 at 11:47 am

    another article about the Tampa Yankees, tampa paper

    http://www2.tbo.com/content/20...../#comments

  29. West Coast Yankee Fan September 1st, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I’m excited to see Albaladejo against major league pitching. His numbers in AAA are ridiculous.

  30. SJ44 September 1st, 2010 at 11:53 am

    If the Yankees go into Orlando, one could also view it a’s a subtle, pre-emptive strike against the Rays.

    If the Rays can’t get something done in Tampa for a new stadium, they were eyeing Orlando.

    If the Yankees have a presence in Orlando, it’s going to be difficult to convince Central Florida politicians to commit the money needed to build a new stadium.

    Especially if the Yankees tie in any involvement in the Orlando community with the TDC (Tourist Development Council).

    That would leave the Rays with needing to make something happen in Tampa if they want to keep the franchise in Florida.

    Given the current political climate in Florida, it’s going to be a challenge for them to get a stadium deal done at the present time.

  31. tampayank September 1st, 2010 at 11:53 am

    The Boss passes and Hal & Hank are already making some changes, the future will be interesting

  32. blake September 1st, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Cowherd…just last week was talking about how great Jeter was and how clutch he is. His opinion changes with the wind….its really quite comical.

  33. tampayank September 1st, 2010 at 11:55 am

    SJ 44 I always thought Orlando would be an option for the Rays mainly b/c of the extra tourist bed tax they get…..that helped them a lot to get the new Orlando Magic Arena built. Pinellas and Hillsborough/Tampa doesn’t have that type of tax revenue

  34. 108 stitches September 1st, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Moeller can spell Posada in late innings when the team has a safe lead. Albaladejo can be a 6th or 7th inning man. Golson is speed off the bech and late inning defensive replacement.

  35. Doreen September 1st, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    tampayank -

    We go to Orlando every year, but we can’t usually get to Tampa on the same trip. If the Tampa Yankees played in Orlando, we would work seeing a game into our vacation. That’s 4 extra people right there! :lol:

    But my point is there are probably a few people who already vacation in Orlando during the baseball season who also would work a minor league game into their schedules. It would be “right there,” and minor league games are affordable.

  36. stuckey99 September 1st, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    “Cowherd…just last week was talking about how great Jeter was and how clutch he is. His opinion changes with the wind….its really quite comical.”

    You need to take any radio talk show’s opinions with a huge nugget of salt. They’re “opinions” will change according to what will get people to listen that day.

  37. SJ44 September 1st, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Problem is, the DeVos family pretty much controls sports and the politics in that area.

    I’m guessing that if the Yankees have a presence in Orlando, it has the DeVos Family blessing.

    Perhaps the Yankees-Cowboys luxury service business will be doing a deal with the Magic?

    Just speculating on that.

    However, if it happened, it wouldn’t surprise me.

    The Yankees have been busy lately.

    They met with the University of Miami yesterday about scheduling a UM football game at Yankee Stadium in 2013.

    The business side of the operation never sleeps.

  38. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    A lot of people always thought that Florida would be a MLB goldmine. It’s never happened. It’s been that way since the White Sox and a couple of other teams played the stickup routine by pitting Tampa against their home towns to get new parks. Tampa got suckered into building that monstrocity and when the city of Chicago caved into to the Sox extortion, Tampa was left holding the bag. The biggest issue is that Florida is filled with retirees who keep their home town team love. Those are the ones that go to the Rays and Marlins games. Born and raised Floridians don’t go. The other issues are they have minor league and spring training to hold their attention. add in 3 basketball, 3 football and 2 hockey teams and there isn’t enough money to support them all. Did I mention that college sports in Florida has bigger followings than the pro teams?

  39. Vineyard Yankee September 1st, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Three call ups that will serve only to give more ‘REST’ to Girardi’s revolving ‘folding cot’ program. I have never seen a TEAM so rested yet often injured in all my days. Pathetic.

  40. pat September 1st, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    “The Boss passes and Hal & Hank are already making some changes, the future will be interesting”

    Don’t read more into it than what it is.

    If it’s just the minor league team moving, that happens all the time.

  41. SJ44 September 1st, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Dumping on Derek Jeter is becoming a national pastime for some.

    Read this blog everyday. People trash Jeter on this, and almost every other Yankee blog everyday.

    If Yankee fans trash Derek Jeter, why is it surprising a blowhard talk show host on ESPN would do the same?

  42. JoeyA September 1st, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Is anyone reading up on this Ted Lilly stuff?

    So if we make a deal with L.A. on September 20th, since we won the claim on August 31st, Lilly is eligible for post-season roster?

    Obviously any addition to the rotation is a welcomed one, especially if it lights a fire under AJ’s butt.

    post-season=

    CC/Hughes/Pettitte/Lilly?
    or
    CC/AJ/Pettitte/Lilly?

  43. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Vineyard Yankee September 1st, 2010 at 12:06 pm
    Three call ups that will serve only to give more ‘REST’ to Girardi’s revolving ‘folding cot’ program. I have never seen a TEAM so rested yet often injured in all my days. Pathetic.

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    And, meanwhile, your team is limping out to their cars, dragging their golf clubs to make early tee times with a month to go in their seasons.

  44. SJ44 September 1st, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Resting guys must be working.

    It’s September 1, they are in first place, and have the best record in baseball.

    He did the same thing last year and they won the WS.

    This is how you manage a team in this no greenies age of MLB. Especially an older team like the Yankees.

    Given his results, it seems like he knows what he’s doing.

  45. kr September 1st, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Jeter is on pace to end up making the 8th most single season outs(AB – H + CS + GDP) in MLB since the mound was lowered in 1969.

    Post from the excellent RLYW:

    So what does this have to do with Derek Jeter? Jeter’s made 425 outs so far this year. At his current pace, he’d end the year at 522, which would place him in a tie for 8th place on the list with Sandy Alomar’s 1970.

    If he really steps it up, he may be able to get to second place and surpass Frank Taveras’s 535 in 1979. Unfortunately, it looks like Omar Moreno’s 550 outs made in 1980 is a bit out of his reach.

    http://goo.gl/L5Qh

  46. Vineyard Yankee September 1st, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Golfing, drinking, chasing skirt and then taking a long nap. Yankeeland at its finest !

  47. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Jesus…some of these dogs are really reaching on ways to disparage Jeter, aren’t they?

  48. tyanksfan36 September 1st, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    GreenBeret 7

    I got to Tampa Yankee games so I think I would know how many people show up to them. I think their attendance records show season ticket holders and not actual attendance. If you would like I can take a picture of the crowd tonight to show you the empty seats.
    I have never counted the people at the games so maybe 200 is low but I can say that there isn’t near 1400 except maybe on a special night like fireworks, back to school bash or this coming weekends event.

  49. Vineyard Yankee September 1st, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    JoeyA

    Ted Lilly is a non issue. Yanks will persue Lee in the offseason, signing Lilly ? Two LHSP as free agents ? I don’t think so.

  50. Shame Spencer September 1st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Derek Jeter is one of the five greatest living Americans.

  51. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Vineyard Yankee September 1st, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    Golfing, drinking, chasing skirt and then taking a long nap. Yankeeland at its finest !

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    And you’re chasing jock straps. Pathetic.

  52. tampayank September 1st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    “# GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    The other issues are they have minor league and spring training to hold their attention. add in 3 basketball, 3 football and 2 hockey teams and there isn’t enough money to support them all. Did I mention that college sports in Florida has bigger followings than the pro teams?

    I personally think the Tampa market is overstretched. The National media rips the Tampa market but there are so many factors they don’t realize. One big one is College Football, you have 5 schools w/ good sized fanbases in the State of Florida alone…a lot of money/donations go to those Universities Athletic departments and that will have priority over season tickets to the Rays or NHL Lightning.

  53. Patrick September 1st, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    So has anyone ever taken the Yankee Clipper ferry to a Yankee game? I’m going to the game tomorrow, trying to find the best way to get there from Jersey.

  54. Vineyard Yankee September 1st, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Jeter is in a slump, leave the Captain alone. Try bashing Minka instead. LOL !

  55. Pat M. September 1st, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    GB….I think Derek is playing with some level of pain….Looks like he drags his left leg at times when running, especially on his first step …….Could be a groin issue…..As it always has been with the fickle Yankee fans, they’ll ride him and write him off until he comes up in a key spot in October and deleivers…….Then it’s all fine……Ah you just have to love the blindness that is so many Yankee fans

  56. Vineyard Yankee September 1st, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    GB7:

    You must be having a bad day, go grind your axe with someone else.

  57. Pat M. September 1st, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Women weaken legs

  58. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Pictures of empty seats prove nothing. It seats about 8000-10,000 people, so with an average crowd or even 900 like last night….will look like an empty park.

  59. stuckey99 September 1st, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Folks, can we not take the bait for once and NOT do 6 and 1/2 more hours of defending the honor of Derek Jeter?

    He’s having an off-year and his contract and contractual status make him an obvious target.

    But you need two-sides for a dialogue, which just legitimizes the issue. Let the baiters loiter amongst themselves in a vacuum for once.

  60. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Vineyard Yankee September 1st, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    GB7:

    You must be having a bad day, go grind your axe with someone else.

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    Your first post smells like troll. You haven’t posted anything that changes that.

  61. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Pat, everyone knows that Jeter’s having a bad year, but, with the expetion of Cano and Swisher, every vet on the team is having off years at the plate. The last person that I’m worried about is Jeter. If he repeats this next year, then, there would be legitimate concerns.

  62. tyanksfan36 September 1st, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I am just skeptical of their figures. Even still, I agree that they have to fight for attendance. This weekend I’ve invited people to the game and they can’t go because they’re either going to a Rays game of the USF game. They charge the least admission of any of the other minor league ballparks and don’t charge for parking. For a team with the best record in the FSL I guess I just expect there to be more people filling the seats.

  63. Irreverent Discourse September 1st, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    gb7 – your “guardian of the comments” attitude lately is really annoying.

  64. Pat M. September 1st, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    >>>>>>>>>>>>

  65. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Irreverent Discourse September 1st, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    gb7 – your “guardian of the comments” attitude lately is really annoying.

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    am I supposed to be concerned about what you think?

  66. Irreverent Discourse September 1st, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    gb7 – no, you clearly dont care what anyone thinks anymore. you just come across as a bitter old man now… it’s sad, really. you used to be better than this.

  67. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I don’t care what trolls and idiots think. Not overly concerned with your thoughts either. Completely irrelevant.

  68. Irreverent Discourse September 1st, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    gb7 – if you are not concerned with your own outward appearance then you are a fool.

    any credibility you may have had is disappearing by the day because of your cranky bickering with the trolls.

  69. Vineyard Yankee September 1st, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Irreverent Discourse
    September 1st, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    gb7 – your “guardian of the comments” attitude lately is really annoying

    ================

    Thanks for that, you seem to know this ‘GB7′ poster well.

  70. GopherCane September 1st, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    SJ44…your thoughts on the ‘Canes this year? Do they win the ACC, beat OSU, neither, both?

    Thanks in advance

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