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Brian Anderson released

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.

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20 Responses to “Brian Anderson released”

  1. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Anderson. He was a nice human interest story. Plus had a great arm.

  2. Vineyard Yankee May 27th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Good move by the A’s, Sizemore can fill a hole and be a fixture in Oakland for several years.

  3. BD (Boston Dave) May 27th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    All Anderson did was pitch to the tune of a 1.17 ERA with 9k and only 1bb in AA.

    I don’t get it. He succeeded. If you don’t think his success was going to last, at least give him some time to prove that theory to be correct.

    Doesn’t seem too wise to sign guys, hoping they’ll do well, and then let them go if they exceed expectations.

    Oh well.

  4. UnKnown May 27th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    Group of Yankees out here taking early batting practice.

    That’s probably a wise thing to do for this upcoming road trip every day of the trip.

  5. Jerkface May 27th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    He only got in 7 games, so maybe there is something else going on.

  6. BD (Boston Dave) May 27th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    JF,

    possibly. still seems strange.

  7. Nick in SF May 27th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Poor Anderson. He was standing and then he was laughing and then they SHOT him! That’s the kind of sick city that we’re livin’ in. They shoot you for laughing.

  8. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I thought from watching him that he had a great arm…would also have been pretty cool had he made it as he could have served as spare OFer too. (Great glove)

  9. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Nick in SF May 27th, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    Poor Anderson. He was standing and then he was laughing and then they SHOT him! That’s the kind of sick city that we’re livin’ in. They shoot you for laughing.
    __________
    Usually I think your stuff is hilarious…but I have to admit I don’t get this one. Am I missing some reference? Anderson Cooper or something else?

  10. Rob_NY May 27th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    May 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    Poor Anderson. He was standing and then he was laughing and then they SHOT him! That’s the kind of sick city that we’re livin’ in. They shoot you for laughing.

    ———

    Noooo. Nobody gets shot in the city. #RollsEyes #Seinfeld

  11. BoJo May 27th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Ah–never watched Seinfeld…thanks Rob

  12. tyanksfan36 May 27th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    It looks like Deangelo Mack is going up to Trenton to take Anderson’s place. He just tweeted that he is headed to Portland.

  13. West Coast Yankee Fan May 27th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    wow

  14. Erin May 27th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Nick in SF May 27th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Poor Anderson. He was standing and then he was laughing and then they SHOT him! That’s the kind of sick city that we’re livin’ in. They shoot you for laughing.

    **************************

    :lol:

  15. Erin May 27th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Ledger_Yankee Martin, Cano, Posada, Jeter out here for early work.

    YankeesWFAN As ceremonial first pitches go, tough to beat tonight’s in Seattle: Area resident and Celtics HOF’er Bill Russell .

  16. blake May 27th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Let’s start this road trip off right ……with lots of homers! ! !

  17. Tom in N.J. May 27th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Did you ever hear of “The Seattle Seven”?

    That was me… and six other guys.

    Enjoy your weekend folks!

  18. BD (Boston Dave) May 27th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    (Sadly) I was listening to ESPN Radio today (might have been Cowherd) and a story about the Yankees came up.

    apparently, last season the Rangers felt there was a good chance they’d see the Yankees in the playoffs and had a couple scouts monitoring the Yankees for the final two months.

    They concluded that the Yankees only had 1 and maybe 2 guys (Gardner and Granderson) who could generate a run via smallball (SB, 1st to 3rd, etc.)

    They told their pitchers to concentrate on keeping those 2 guys off the bases and not to walk anyone. If the Yankees hit 3 or even 4 HR, it still wouldn’t be enough to win the game, because it would only amount to a small handful of runs.

    Agree or not, (and I’m all for the Yanks hitting HR, of course) it’s interesting that this theory that the Yankees can’t generate runs without the HR was a primary strategy employed by the Rangers in the playoffs last season.

  19. Erin May 27th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    New Post w/lineup

    :arrow:

  20. 4 NYY May 27th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Team is still in a hitting slump, what can we expect against very good upcoming pitchers ?

    Never know, we’ve been surprised before ! That’s why they play the games.

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