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Yankees add three to 40-man roster

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 19, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Larry Rothschild conference call is beginning now, and it started with two bits of news.

Dellin Betances, Brandon Laird and Ryan Pope have been added to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

Also, the Yankees have traded for Braves minor league outfielder Cody Johnson, who will be added to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster. He was acquired for cash.

UPDATE: I should note that Johnson has been added to the Scranton roster for now. Doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be there in April. The Yankees have not said where he’ll open next season.

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96 Responses to “Yankees add three to 40-man roster”

  1. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Minor League numbers on Cody johnson. Lokks interesting for nothing but cash.

    http://www.baseball-reference......hnso008joh

  2. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Corner outfielder, 2006 1st round pick. a lot of power, low average and a lot of strikeouts

  3. Dylan November 19th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Wow he hit 32 home runs in 2009.

  4. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    20 prospects that impressed at the AZFL

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....e_16157300

  5. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Got to agree with the 3 choices to protect.

    Betances and Laird can now be made available to the parent club w/o an additional roster move.

  6. Wave Your Hat November 19th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    If you like strikeouts this guy is your man. AAA? Seems aggressive.

  7. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    GB-

    Hoffman the 2nd ?

  8. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    6’4″ and 240. Maybe the Giants could rent him to block in the backfield on the weekends. That sly Cashman is gonna make some side money for the team.

  9. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    WYH-

    Organizational filler.

  10. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    They must have really liked Rothschild to have given him a 3 year contract.

  11. Tank November 19th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    YankeesWFAN
    Rothschild says repeating delivery is “one thing I harp on a lot.” He’ll be playing that harp a lot with both AJ and Joba

  12. Tom in N.J. November 19th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    What I’ve read about Johnson: “Tremendous power potential, but awful mechanics.”

  13. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I’ve no opinion on Rothschild………..no idea if he’s good or not. I would guess he handles young pitchers well since he was the PC of the 2003 Marlins (or was it the 1997 team).

  14. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Hopefully he changes Joba’s mechanics back to 07/08 Joba.

    He should tell Joba to slim up also.

  15. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    You can always tune up mechanics. Teaching power is more difficult.

  16. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    He can harp on it all he wants.

    I bet Eiland and Girardi harped on it too.

    One thing to play the Harp and another to get the students to play the tune.

  17. Tank November 19th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    He was the PC of the 1997 Marlins (with Leiter, Kevin Brown, Livan Hernandez, and all those veterans), manager of the Rays from 98-01, Cubs pitching coach since 02.

  18. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    # Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I’ve no opinion on Rothschild………..no idea if he’s good or not. I would guess he handles young pitchers well since he was the PC of the 2003 Marlins (or was it the 1997 team).

    He was the pitching coach of the Reds that had a nice bullpen. Pitching coach of the 97 Marlins.

    The Cubs have lead the majors in strikeouts since he became the pitching coach with them in 2002.

    He should help Hughes put batters away when he has 2 strikes. He should increase CC’s strike out rate as well as AJ’s hopefully.

  19. West Coast Yankee Fan November 19th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Cody Johnson:

    -22 years old.

    - 2006 first round pick.

    - Hit .189/.269/.343 in 260 plate appearances at Double-A this year.

    - Hit 32 homers in 2009 and 26 homers in 2008.

  20. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Carl-

    Joba is only one who can take care of that.

    I’m sure he knows what’s needed.

    So far he has not shown the required dedication.

    He should have been at API last off season.

    I kind of doubt he is gonna do it this year either.

    I spoke with SJ about this and the Yanks can
    not force him to go.

    I’m sure it was “suggested” in the strongest possible terms.

  21. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I’m somewhat surprised that they added Pope over Heyer, but, pleased. He’s a Savannah kid. At least raied here. Went to SCAD. He just missed on having Luis Tiant for a pitching coach.

  22. ET November 19th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Cody Johnson:

    -22 years old.

    - 2006 first round pick.

    - Hit .189/.269/.343 in 260 plate appearances at Double-A this year.

    - Hit 32 homers in 2009 and 26 homers in 2008.

    —————————–

    Well, I guess we found our replacement for Shelly Duncan

  23. Giuseppe Franco November 19th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Burnett’s problem is Burnett.

    I don’t expect Rothschild to perform miracles anymore than I expected Eiland to perform miracles.

    Certainly a surprise hire, though. Sounded like it was Patterson’s job to lose for awhile.

    Nobody from the beat saw this coming wither.

  24. michael o. allen November 19th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Will someone please say something nice about Derek Jeter. He does not deserve to be slimed by Hal and Randy and their minions to the newspapers.

  25. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    # MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Carl-

    Joba is only one who can take care of that.

    I’m sure he knows what’s needed.

    So far he has not shown the required dedication.

    He should have been at API last off season.

    I kind of doubt he is gonna do it this year either.

    I spoke with SJ about this and the Yanks can
    not force him to go.

    I’m sure it was “suggested” in the strongest possible terms.

    Thats a damn shame man.

  26. pat November 19th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Rothschild says he may hit the road to reach out to some of the pitchers on his new staff.

  27. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Carl, thanks.

    He’ll help Phil put hitters away if he can teach him the curve and get him to throw the change…………

  28. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Definitely like a bolt out of the blue, GF.

  29. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I hope Rothschild does just that, esp. with the younger pitchers and AJ.

  30. Wave Your Hat November 19th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    “Will someone please say something nice about Derek Jeter.”

    Derek Jeter was one of the greatest shortstops of all time.

    Feel better, or do you insist on more?

  31. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    OK. Derek Jeter is a living legend.

    One of the best ss to ever play the game.

    Is that good enough ?

    :)

  32. Giuseppe Franco November 19th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I would imagine the Yankee walk totals will go down from last season just by signing Lee and having a full season of Pettitte instead of running the Mitres, Gaudins, and Moseleys of the world out there for 20 starts.

  33. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I’m not sure what any pitching coach can really teach a CC about striking more people out – CC is just fine as he is, IMO.

  34. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    pat, if Larry is going to reach out to some of the pitchers, he’d best take a club with him to Nebraska and Arkansas.

  35. ET November 19th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Burnett’s problem is Burnett.

    I don’t expect Rothschild to perform miracles anymore than I expected Eiland to perform miracles.

    ——————-

    Exactly. It is up to the pitcher to change, he can’t force them to do anything. He can’t make Hughes or AJ throw pitches.

  36. Crawdaddy November 19th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I was hoping for Gil Patterson, but this is a great hire. Rothschild has been known for being one of the best pitching coaches for a number of years.

  37. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    No, a PC can not make a pitcher execute, that’s for sure……….

  38. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Carl-

    I have been one of the strongest Joba supporters on the board but he needs to get with it.

    At this point, his conditioning, or lack thereof is on him.

    It kind of blows my mind that he doesn’t seem to want to take the bull by the horns.

    I would love to see what the conditioned version of joba could do.

    I don’t have much hope at this point.

  39. pat November 19th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    BryanHoch Big selling point for Rothschild was having Spring Training at home in Tampa. Will work with NYY pitchers at complex beginning in January.

    Rothschild: “I grew up in Chi. but my dad is a lifelong Yankee fan, This put a huge smile on his face.”

  40. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I don’t know why, but I’m excited about the hiring of Rothschild; I have a good feeling about this………….and that’s sweet about his dad.

  41. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Crawdaddy-

    What makes you say that ?

    I’m not trying to be argumentative.

  42. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    That’s nice to hear, pat. Get the pitchers and hitters to Florida and bring Long in and have a Tuneup College.

  43. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Peter Gammons

    There are few better pitching coaches in the last 20 years than Larry Rothschild. A major coup for Brian Cashman

  44. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Betsy-

    I’ve switched roles with you on Rothschild.

    Now, I’m the skeptic.

    :)

  45. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Oh sh*t. Now I’m really freakin’ out.

    Gammons likes Rothschild.

  46. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Everytime Chamberlain and Burnett fails to repeat the delivery, Rothschild takes his club and whacks ‘em on the nose to get their attention….and Hughes, too just to make some fans happy.

  47. West Coast Yankee Fan November 19th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Joba’s problem is not conditioning. It’s between the ears. His demeanor, temperament, maturity and stubbornness are issues as is his unwillingness to find fault in his sub-par performances. How many times did we see Joba in post-game YES interviews say he threw the ball well after getting lit up. Clueless.

  48. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you Sigmond Fraud.

  49. Crawdaddy November 19th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    “What makes you say that ?

    I’m not trying to be argumentative.”

    He’s been a big league pitching coach for over 20 years when he wasn’t managing and has developed some really good pitchers over the years. He has WS experience on two WS championship teams. His reputation has long been established so we’ll see what he can do here by improving our pitching.

  50. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    MTU, why skeptical? By all accounts, the guy is a terrific PC………….I don’t think he’s going to fix AJ, but maybe he can improve some guys.

  51. West Coast Yankee Fan November 19th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you Sigmond Fraud.

    **********

    Glad to educate you. Isn’t it time for your next Brandon Laird update on what he eats for breakfast?

  52. ET November 19th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    “Glad to educate you. Isn’t it time for your next Brandon Laird update on what he eats for breakfast?”

    LMAO. Too funny

  53. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Just saw pix of Wrigley. Are they so cash poor that they can’t remove the mound and resod the infield. That’s what they are attempting to do…not get on the infield.

  54. Tom in N.J. November 19th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Joba had a 2.88 second half ERA.

    /Just say’n

  55. Tom in N.J. November 19th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    GB they are only using one side of the field for the game a Wrigley.

    Safty reasons.

  56. upstate kate November 19th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    wow, Cashman in ninja mode…wonder what the next surprise will be!

  57. Patrick November 19th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Cubs Pitching… ranks are NL only

    2007 – 2nd in ERA, 5th in FIP, 5th in xFIP
    2008 – 2nd in ERA, 3rd in FIP, 4th in xFIP
    2009 – 5th in ERA, 6th in FIP, 6th in xFIP
    2010 – 13th in ERA, 11th in FIP, 10th in xFIP

    So there was a 3 year stretch in recent times where Rothchild’s team pitched well, I guess that’s encouraging. Over the last several years his teams have been one of the best in the league at striking people out but also one of the worst in generating ground balls.

  58. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Adding another tulip to the bouquet to help you?

  59. Rich in NJ November 19th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Wave Your Hat November 19th, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    “Will someone please say something nice about Derek Jeter.”

    Derek Jeter was one of the greatest shortstops of all time.

    Feel better, or do you insist on more?
    __

    Too funny, but also true so…

  60. Tom in N.J. November 19th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Here’s the link about the FB game at Wrigley:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......ley-field/

  61. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Tom, in the old days, before moving to Soldier Field in the ’70s, they used the field from infield to centerfield. It only takes 360 feet.

  62. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Sorry…380 feet.

  63. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Craw-

    Thanks for your response. Like everyone else I’ll take a wait and see attitude along with a healthy dose of skepticism thrown in.

    The yanks must have really liked him. they gave him 3 years.

  64. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Tom, only the Cubs can get involved and screw it up.

  65. West Coast Yankee Fan November 19th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Adding another tulip to the bouquet to help you?

    **********

    What would you know about tulips? You’re on the computer 24/7.

  66. Carl November 19th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    # Patrick November 19th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Cubs Pitching… ranks are NL only

    2007 – 2nd in ERA, 5th in FIP, 5th in xFIP
    2008 – 2nd in ERA, 3rd in FIP, 4th in xFIP
    2009 – 5th in ERA, 6th in FIP, 6th in xFIP
    2010 – 13th in ERA, 11th in FIP, 10th in xFIP

    So there was a 3 year stretch in recent times where Rothchild’s team pitched well, I guess that’s encouraging. Over the last several years his teams have been one of the best in the league at striking people out but also one of the worst in generating ground balls.

    Yankees will also give him better pitchers to work with.

    CC, Andy, Hughes, possibly Lee.

  67. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    George Halas is turning over in his grave and showing his butt to the idea.

  68. Rich in NJ November 19th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    With regard to Rothschild, I don’t know enough to comment intelligently, but his apparent philosophy beats pitching to contact.

  69. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Little known fact but Geoege Halas was once a room mate of Babe Ruth’s with the Yanks.

  70. MorningPerson November 19th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Boy, that came out of left field, no? I sure am not familiar with Rothschild but I don’t need to be, I guess. I thought they had more interviews scheduled for this week. I know Cash is usually stealth with player moves, but didn’t expect the stealth mode for a pitching coach! :)

    I wish Albaladejo the best of luck in Japan.

  71. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    with the possibility that the Braves non-tender Matt Diaz, will the Yanks bite?

  72. Patrick November 19th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    To add on to my last post about Rothschild’s recent years with the Cubs…

    2010 wasn’t so good but looking at his pitching staffs in 2007-2009 and how the performed relative to their skill is somewhat impressive.

    2007: starters were Zambrano, Lilly, Rich Hill, Marquis. relievers were Marmol, Howry, Dempster,
    Weurtz. Nothing special there

    2008: Dempster, Zambrano, Lilly, Marquis. relievers = Marmol, Howry, Wood

    2009: Randy Wells(??), Dempster, Lilly, Zambrano, Harden. relievers = Marmol, Heilman, Gregg, Guzman

    Honestly, not a ton of talent there at all and in all 3 years the pitching staff as a whole was near the top of the league in ERA. Zambrano is good but he pitched 200 innings one time in that stretch and had ERAs of 3.95, 3.91 and 3.77. Good, not great. Dempster flourished under Rothschild, Randy Wells had a career year, Ted Lilly had the best years of his career, same can be said for Jason Marquis.

    Also if you look at his bullpens, he was never working with much talent but in general they performed pretty well.

    Looks to me like he did a good job with the Cubs without a ton of talent.

  73. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    No pitching coach can remake his pitchers – they are who they are. Maybe Rothschild had fly ball pitchers in Wrigley. He’s not going to change Phil……….he’s not going to change any pitcher who’s natural MO is to be a fly ball pitcher.

  74. Patrick November 19th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    With regard to Rothschild, I don’t know enough to comment intelligently, but his apparent philosophy beats pitching to contact.

    Agree 100%

  75. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Gb-

    What would it take $-wise on Diaz ?

  76. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Rothschild on reaching today’s players: “This is how I want you to do it, just do it: That’s no longer feasible.”
    13 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    From Ledger

  77. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Actually, not all pitchers are who they are. Guidry wasn’t who he was, Pettitte wasn’t who he was…

  78. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Tape also included CC and Hughes.
    about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

    Reply Retweet . “It was very different, much more in-depth.” Rothschild, on Yanks interview process. Spent 7 or 8 hours just watching video.
    about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

    ***Also from Ledger

  79. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    MTU, I didn’t look, but, I’m guessing about $2 mil, unless somebody offers him a full time spot. San Diego and SF wanted him this summer…LA Doggies, maybe.

  80. Giuseppe Franco November 19th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Good grief.

    Why do fans care so much about what players say in postgame interviews?

    It’s all recycled crap you hear everyday in every clubhouse in MLB.

  81. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    GB-

    Diaz made around 2.5 mill last year.

    He’s due for a raise thru arb.

    He’s 32.

    he’s got a very nice career line though.

  82. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    A pitching coach can teach a pitcher to add a little sink to his pitches. Hughes adds a little sink…he doesn’t need to add a sunken tub.

  83. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    GB-

    With a front 3 of CC, CL, and AP who needs a Pitching coach ?

    :)

  84. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    If the Braves non-tender him, there will be no arbritration. $2 mil for a part timer isn’t bad work. I’m betting on the West Coast though. As an ex Brave, he could get a job in western movies…he’d have the experience, being on the other side.

  85. Betsy November 19th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Who needs a PC when the Yanks can just check here periodically? YES can do a fan vote on every time the PC goes out to the mound

  86. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Gb-

    He was born out on the West Coast. Maybe he would like to return.

    And the PC correct term is “Native American”. Don’t stir things up as usual.

  87. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    LMAO. At least I didn’t say anything else about taking a pitcher.

  88. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    GB-

    I have always like Diaz. I think he is a really good ballplayer.

    he would make a great 4th Of’er. Can he cover anything else but OF ?

  89. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Good God… a real meeting of the minds….Francesa and Heyman. The producer must be banging his head on the table.

  90. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Does DH, 2 games at first and 2 games in center field count as being versatile?

  91. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    GB-

    Nevermind. :(

  92. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Last time I saw him on TV, it looked like he had no trouble covering the post game spread.

  93. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Picture a taller version of Matt Stairs

  94. MTU November 19th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    The next headline I want see is :

    “Yankees and Lee come to terms. Ink 5 year pact with 6th year option.”

    :)

  95. GreenBeret7 November 19th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Maybe Lee and Burnett can get together in Arkansas and go hunting…without guns or bows. Not real confident of AJ’s control right now.

  96. blake November 19th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    FWIW, …on inside pitch today Jim Bowden said he thought the catching situation in 2011 with the Yanks was all about Montero. Said he thought he had a chance to be a special player and that he thinks his defense is much better than he is given credit for. Also thinks Andy will come back if the the Yankees sign Cliff Lee.

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