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A few minor signings

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 23, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Baseball America’s latest set of minor league transactions includes quite a few names coming and going in the Yankees organization.

Signed: RHP Ronny Marte (re-signed), RHP Mark Prior, RHP Leonel Vinas, LHP Steve Evarts, LHP Jose Quintana (re-signed), C Gustavo Molina, 1B Myron Leslie (re-signed), SS Doug Bernier
Released: RHP Justo Arias, RHP Harold Garce, RHP Charlyn Garcia, LHP Matt Jernstad, LHP Juan Marcano, LHP Erick Tapia, 1B Trent Lockwood, 2B Luis Parache, 3B Ronald Morillo

Most of the signings were already known. Of the new names, Evarts stands out as a former supplemental first-round pick who had pretty good numbers in the Braves system before injuries kept him off the mound. He’s also had some off-the-field problems. With outfielder Cody Johnson also in the Yankees system, the Yankees now have two of the Braves top three picks from the 2006 draft.

I can’t tell you anything about the guys who were released. They were pretty far off the radar.

 
 

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54 Responses to “A few minor signings”

  1. Chip December 23rd, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    My guess is that Gustavo Molina is this year’s Rene Rivera.

  2. tyanksfan36 December 23rd, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Hmm, Trent Lockwood I’m not surprised to see they released him. He was okay but not very special. Myron Leslie now I’m glad they re-signed him. He is a bit older and played in Tampa but he was pretty clutch when they needed a big hit and he was up. Ronny Marte was also in Tampa, he wasn’t too good all the time but I guess they feel he has potential

  3. Nick in SF December 23rd, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    There are no small parts, only small actors.

  4. DaSaint007 December 23rd, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I’m thankful for sharing my first Christmas with my new son, whom GB refers to as Baby Simon, future SS of the NY Yankees circa 2028, so stay tuned.

    I love the daily interchange of ideas, experiences, observations and commentary we share. We don’t always agreee, and sometimes it gets a bit snippy, but for the most part it’s the shared love of the Yankees that brings us together. We’re all armchair GMs.

    Knowing many will be leaving early, I’d just like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and Merry Christmas!

  5. pat December 23rd, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    wallacematthews Dave Eiland was “shocked” by his firing. Cashman says, yeah, right. Story up soon on ESPNNewYork.com

    Sounds like someone should add “shocked” to the list of words Cashman doesn’t like right after”baffled”.

  6. RayVT December 23rd, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Has anyone heard any rumors lately linking the Yanks to Soriano & Fuentes? It would really be nice if the Yanks signed both of them. That would free up the opportunity to trade the following to get a 3/4 type SP.

    Joba, Robertson & R Sanchez

  7. RayVT December 23rd, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    And add Cervelli & Pena to the 3 pitchers!

  8. Triple Short of a Cycle December 23rd, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    What exactly is Pettite thinking about? Either he wants to play or not. This is insane. Maybe he will make up his mind by April.

  9. comet December 23rd, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Erin you bet. Now that I know the area you live in though I have to make a special trip west just get you. It will be fun though. All the best in 2011. Can’t wait for our trip. i think Erica and Kate are coming as well.

    Comet

  10. randy l. December 23rd, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....BHeadlines

    eiland story

  11. RayVT December 23rd, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle December 23rd, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I think Pettite is concerned about his groin injury from last season and it has affected his workout routine. I don’t believe he wants to flame out in the Bronx. Also, the court case with Clemens in June or July could be a major distraction as well.

  12. Jerkface December 23rd, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Eiland wasn’t even fired, he just wasn’t re-hired.

  13. Bad Scooter December 23rd, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I love Andy but he done this the past few years now. Favre Jr. without all the backlash.

  14. ac1 December 23rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    The difference between Pettitte and Favre is Favre does it on a National Stage. Pettitte’s story really only stays in NY.

  15. tyanksfan36 December 23rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Dasaint

    That’s real sweet. Ill look forward to seeing him as SS in the future.
    I too like the exchange that we all(for the most part) have on this blog. On a good day this is a fun place to visit. Merry Christmas.

  16. Triple Short of a Cycle December 23rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    RayVT,

    I totally understand all that so he just retire then and be done with it

  17. DaSaint007 December 23rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Chad & Sam – Happy Holidays to you guys! You’ve done a great job all year.

  18. RayVT December 23rd, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle December 23rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Well, I think both he & the Yanks want to come back! It is a tough decision that time will make for him I believe. If he is healthy he comes back. If not, he retires.

  19. DaSaint007 December 23rd, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks tyanksfan36. Of course if he prefers any other position that’s fine too. :-)

  20. tyanksfan36 December 23rd, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Erin,

    I’m glad you brought up spring training(on the last thread). Since I live in Tampa I am always up for attending a game as long as I’m not in school or working. Are you coming down for any spring training games? I’m going the 13 to see them play the twins.

  21. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    AJ got Eiland fired.

  22. ac1 December 23rd, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Some free agents i would consider: Aceves, Balfour, Bannister (to compete for 5th spot), Duscherer (to compete for 5th spot), Jerry Hairston, Reed Johnson, Pettitte

  23. randy l. December 23rd, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    it’s interesting that cashman could have just said that the yankees were going in a different direction, but he wanted to get it out in the media that eiland had done something wrong on a personal level.

    i’m assuming that he’s sending a message to others in the organization.

    in this internet age, it shouldn’t be too hard to find out what it was.

  24. tyanksfan36 December 23rd, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Dasaint007

    Well as long as he is a Yankee.

  25. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    maybe he punched AJ in the eye…

  26. Jerkface December 23rd, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    in this internet age, it shouldn’t be too hard to find out what it was.

    The first hot rumor is that Eiland tapped some of that sweet secretary nectar in the FO. Big No No. The 2nd hot rumor, and more likely to be true, is that he loved the firewater, so much that even AJ called him out and got slugged in the face for it.

    His month long absence coincides with a minimum period for rehab.

  27. Chip December 23rd, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    wallacematthews Dave Eiland was “shocked” by his firing. Cashman says, yeah, right. Story up soon on ESPNNewYork.com

    Sounds like someone should add “shocked” to the list of words Cashman doesn’t like right after”baffled”.
    ————————-

    So it turns out all Dave Eiland had to do to become relevant to ESPN was stop working for the Yankees.

  28. Chip December 23rd, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Jerkface December 23rd, 2010 at 2:06 pm
    in this internet age, it shouldn’t be too hard to find out what it was.

    The first hot rumor is that Eiland tapped some of that sweet secretary nectar in the FO. Big No No. The 2nd hot rumor, and more likely to be true, is that he loved the firewater, so much that even AJ called him out and got slugged in the face for it.

    His month long absence coincides with a minimum period for rehab.

    ——————

    Frankly I would have let him go for sheer ineptitude but that’s another story entirely.

  29. Chip December 23rd, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    ac1 December 23rd, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    Some free agents i would consider: Aceves, Balfour, Bannister (to compete for 5th spot), Duscherer (to compete for 5th spot), Jerry Hairston, Reed Johnson, Pettitte

    —————–

    My list:

    Pitchers:
    Duscherer
    Bonderman
    Freddy Garcia
    Gregg
    Rausch
    Chris Young
    Jeff Francis
    Jarrod Washburn

    Position Players:
    Reed Johnson
    Andruw Jones
    Jerry Hairston Jr.
    Scott Hairston
    Wily Aybar
    Felipe Lopez
    Chris Carter
    Jeremey Hermida
    Hank Blalock
    Delwyn Young

  30. Chip December 23rd, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Editorial Note:

    Hermida, Blalock, Carter, Delwyn Young – are guys I would only consider signing on minor league contracts.

  31. P December 23rd, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    wow now some are hating on Andy because he has not publicly stated his decision. Yanks FO are pretty clear about where he’s at. Enough said.

    besides carman publicly stated that Andy told him “don’t wait for me” and the belief is that hrs done.

  32. ac1 December 23rd, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    SO we both agree Justin Duscherer should be an option? Maybe he can at least stay healthy until the ASB when we can either trade or bring up Brackman/Noesi/Phelps, etc.

  33. P December 23rd, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    what’s so wrong if Andy is waiting until after the holidays to make anything official.. I for one, can careless how much time he takes.. it’s not like were on hold with him like we were lee!

    geez

  34. ac1 December 23rd, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Even Aceves shoud be a #5 option.

    At this point, if our rotation looks like CC/Hughes/AJ/Duscherer/Aceves, i would be mildly content. A second lefty (jeff francis) would be nice, but beggars cant be choosers.

  35. 108 stitches December 23rd, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Eiland sounds like sour grapes. The Yankees were very protective about his so-called “personal leave” last season with no leaks. Where’s the gratitude ?

  36. randy l. December 23rd, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    “The first hot rumor is that Eiland tapped some of that sweet secretary nectar in the FO. Big No No. The 2nd hot rumor, and more likely to be true, is that he loved the firewater, so much that even AJ called him out and got slugged in the face for it.

    His month long absence coincides with a minimum period for rehab.”

    all possibly true.

    what makes it now a story is that cashman says eiland knows why he wasn’t rehired, and eland says he doesn’t.

    the smart move for eland would have been to let the story die by saying nothing because cashman is clearly not going to be in a good mood to answer questions from reporters.

    i’m waiting for the other shoe to drop on this story.

    it’s a minor story, but it may give some insight into why aj, joba, and vazquez underachieved so much.

    it would be good news for yankee fans if eiland did do a bad job with burnett and joba and that they are fixable.

    i always did wonder what the hell he was working on with wang because the one time i had inside info on what made a pitcher tick eiland never said anything that made me think he had a clue what made wang tick.

    hughes emerged under him. he didn’t seem to hurt sabathia or petite.
    all in all, you’d like to have seen some continuity there, but the red sox are in the same boat losing farrel.

  37. Jerkface December 23rd, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Even Aceves shoud be a #5 option.

    He broke his clavicle or whatever. He isn’t on the table for the start of the season. A minor league deal for Ace, ok. Penciling him in at #5? No way!
    I do hope they bring him back though to rehab with the yankees.

  38. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    what can eiland say: I deserved it?

  39. P December 23rd, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    honestly, I just can’t believe we couldn’t put a pkg together for Greinke that didn’t include Montero..

    you have to weigh the risks and having Greinke with a risk of SAD still doesn’t seem to be all that high when he’d still have significant trade value if he couldn’t take the pressure in NY.

    but what’s done is done and that riskless deal for a SP — especially with Zachs talent — doesn’t exist with what’s in the market now.

    I only say this because I’m lead to believe we didn’t even try to get him without Montero..

    sure hope my dads right when he says cashman got something up his sleeve!!!

  40. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    sure hope my dads right when he says cashman got something up his sleeve!!!
    ===================================================
    If not this year, maybe next, have a little patience…

  41. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    cash would give up montero for a sure thing….greinke was anything but that.

  42. 108 stitches December 23rd, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Looking at a copy of the 40-man roster as it stood on 9/26/10. Gone are Albaladejo, Gaudin, Mosely, Ring, Vazquez, Wood, Moeller, Berkman, Miranda, Kearns, and Thames.
    Aceves, Marte, and Nick Johnson were listed as being on the 60-day DL.
    The current 40-man roster :

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....p?c_id=nyy

  43. P December 23rd, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I do have patience Mick but I’m still crushed we didn’t get Lee and then we had a chance at Greinke who I’ve been baseball crazy about for years!

    only one other player I went baseball nuts over that we had a chance to get years ago and didn’t.. ichiro!

  44. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    cant cry over it P…gotta move on….baseball and yankees are forever

  45. randy l. December 23rd, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    “what can eiland say: I deserved it?”

    somehow he managed to never say anything when he was the pitching coach.

    i would have continued that if i were him.

    cashman is clearly annoyed with him.

    eilands comments is what made it a story.

  46. P December 23rd, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    also I said Greinke without including montero not with! I just find it hard to believe we couldn’t put it together even sending $$$ to KC plus players.. Greinke would’ve accepted a trade to NYY!

  47. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    KC wanted Montero in the deal

  48. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    maybe eiland needs the money, they get paid for these interviews, don’t they?
    at this point it looks like he’s cut ties w/ cash and yanks

  49. clownthrowindown December 23rd, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Brian Cashman tells ESPNNewYork that there’s no “clear” role for Johnny Damon on the 2011 Yankees: http://es.pn/erLTPl
    30 minutes ago via TweetDeck

  50. P December 23rd, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Mick I know.. but still it would bent dreaming cone true.. needless to say I just want to see some fire in this team.. no matter who we get or don’t!

    Santa, please return the excitemt and fire to the yanks because it really hasnt been there in awhile..

    I mean the Paul oneill agressiveness.. the pete rose , r henderson hustle type of fire and gamesmanship..

    or “rookie hunger” to play hard each n everyday!

  51. randy l. December 23rd, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    naw, they don’t get paid.

    i agree eland wanted to get out a few passive aggressive shots in there like going all out to compete against the yankees and that the red sox and rays staff are better than the yankees.

    like i said.

    i’m waiting for cashman to let the other shoe drop.

  52. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    you could be seeing some rookie pitchers this year P.
    this is a veteran team. there really aren’t that many Rose types around, even O’Neills.
    this is a hard team for a rook to break in on but as long as they win that’s what matters.

  53. P December 23rd, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    other than the marlins beating yanks in WS I loved that marlins team.. at the time they were pretty much unknowns but played their hearts out!! love watching Brett Gardner play for the same reason. and I’ve seen him play before he came up and couldn’t wait for him with all his energy!!!

    u really can’t appreciate gardners speed until u see him live get a stand up triple.. that’s the fun and excitement about baseball I love!

  54. mick December 23rd, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    NEW THREAD====>>>>


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