One small bit of minor league news on this long afternoon.
The Yankees have released Double-A reliever Brian Anderson. The former top-prospect center fielder moved to the mound not too long ago and signed a minor league deal this winter. He played high school baseball with Shelley Duncan (just an FYI).
This move and the release of Andy Sisco seem to be little more than clearing space in an overly crowded group of upper-level relievers. Now that Randy Flores is in the system, Warner Madrigal is healthy, Alan Horne is getting healthy, and so many in-house guys — George Kontos, Kevin Whelan, Eric Wordekemper, etc. — are pitching very well in Triple-A, there’s just not room for everyone. It made sense to add as many guys as possible this winter, but at some point, the organization has to give them the opportunity to actually pitch somewhere.
Two other quick notes.
1. An interesting blog post by Mariners beat writer Geoff Baker, who suggests Seattle should move Brendan Ryan into the No. 2 spot in the lineup and drop Chone Figgans to ninth during this weekend’s series.
2. The Tigers have traded for Oakland lefty David Purcey, which means that’s one less reliever for the Yankees to worry about next week. The Tigers gave up a pretty good young second baseman, Scott Sizemore.