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Bernier returns, plus other minor moves

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 05, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Doug Bernier’s name might not light up the headlines, but he’s spent two of the past three seasons in the Yankees organization, and he’s coming back in 2012.

Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions include the already reported signings of Adam Miller, Dewayne Wise and Cole Garner, but they add Bernier’s re-signing. The utility infielder has an excellent glove and had a very brief big league stint with the Rockies a few years ago. He’ll add some infield depth in Triple-A.

Baseball America also has a fairly long list of players released from the Yankees organization:

RHP Jim Blueberg, RHP Francisco Cruceta, RHP Nathan Forer, RHP Mike Gipson, RHP Dustin Hobbs, RHP Corey Maines, RHP Mike Recchia, RHP Michael Solbach, LHP Trevor Johnson, C Jon Hurst, 2B Emerson Landoni, OF Mike Ferraro, OF Taylor Grote, OF Bobby Rinard

Only about half of these names are familiar to me. I remember seeing Landoni play in minor league spring training a few years ago, and Solbach put up some solid Class A numbers. The only name that mildly surprised me was Grote, only because he always seemed to be labeled as a kind of sleeper prospect in the system, but he’s coming off a dreadful season in Tampa.

Also worth noting, Baseball America had this to say about Garner: “Cole Garner could become the Yankees’ new Greg Golson, as an athletic righty bat who can cover any outfield post and hit for some power.” I never knew much about him, so there’s a little bit of a scouting report.

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34 Responses to “Bernier returns, plus other minor moves”

  1. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Chad,

    Any names besides Landoni and solbach surprise you? For me, Landoni, but, especially, Luis Nunez since he was the highest level shortstop in the system. Some days, he looked like he was going to really bust loose and figure things out, then, he’d go into a slump and look like a high school kid hitting against Verlander. The defense was just as inconsistant, though he was becoming pretty good at 2nd.

  2. Ys Guy January 5th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    “How soft many Yankees fans have become…

    ————————————————————————–
    That’s because they were so used to George. He had the big bucks and spent them. Not the same with his sons.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    Old George did it his way, but his way resulted in 2 championships in 26 years. I can tell you, that sucked.

    After Old George got banished, baseball people like Gene Michael put together a team that won 4 out of 5 seasons.

    Old George did alot of good things (including leaving Stick in charge when he was suspended) but the team has done much better since he stopped running the show.

  3. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Joe from Long Island January 5th, 2012 at 8:32 pm
    GB – i’m not old enough for Herb Score – but I remember reading about Tony Conigliaro getting hit in the face by Jack Hamilton, out in Anaheim. He was a really good ballplayer. I was surprised when he came back. He was never the same player.

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    I think maybe I saw one game of Score’s on TV and another after. What was really noticable was everytime he released the ball, he flinched, like the ball was coming back at him, and I believe is was part of the cause for his shoulder injury because he cut off his motion. I think he was just 24. first two years, 36 wins and 500 strikeouts. Like all fireballers, he could get wild, but, you couldn’t hit him.

    Conigliaro was 20 years old in his second year and lead the league in homers. Damned, could he ever hit the ball hard and far.

  4. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Ys Guy January 5th, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    its extremely unfortunate, he was just celebrating like almost everybody else does at some point or another. if you want players to show no exuberance at all, the game becomes very sterile. Nobody

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    All I said was that although it was too bad about Morales, he cause his own injury. Score was pitching and Conigilaro was batting. Three careers were ruined on those two playes. Neither score nor McDougal and Jack Hamilton was a gutless punk with a reputation of throwing fastballs at hitters, especially their head.

  5. Eroc January 5th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    “Yanks lose infielders Luis Nunez and Emerson Landoni to the Dodgers as minor league FA.”

    That is unfortunate. I would have tried to include them in a Garza trade rather than lose them for nothing

  6. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    MLB MLB
    Marlins sign Asia the elephant to one-year, 80 million peanut deal … http://atmlb.com/wLCG6C

  7. Ys Guy January 5th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    gb i wasnt reacting to your comment, just a general feeling that i hear expressed alot (like on baseball tonight) that morales did this to himself. yes he did cause it himself, but how many others would have made the same ‘mistake’ in the same situation, celebrating a game-winner with his teammates. i had the pleasure of doing it in little league, and yes we made a big mash-up at the plate, who wouldn’t. it’s just an unfortunate accident.

  8. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Cards pitching coach, Dace Duncan is taking a long leave of absence because of his wife’s cancer fight. Wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t retire, though…..at least for the time being.

  9. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve never been a big fan of showboating or planned cellibration dances and histrionics….especially for early season games in any sport. That’s a major reason that I had no use for Reggie jackson.

  10. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    ***celebration***

  11. RMS January 5th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I’ve never been a big fan of showboating or planned cellibration dances and histrionics….especially for early season games in any sport.

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    I hate it. It’s a “look at me, look what I did.” Especially when someone celebrates scoring a TD when his team is trailing by 24 points.

  12. pat January 5th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Nick in SF

    Being able to recognize a Tom Ford frame adds to my image of you as the most interesting man in the world.

  13. blake January 5th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    “Bernardino says teams will submit a sealed bid for Cespedes to his agent Adam Katz through MLB, then have an opportunity to increase their offers. It’s unclear if this is an official process, or just how Katz will attempt to find a suitor for the outfielder.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

    Hmmm….interesting

  14. kd January 5th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    cespedes makes so much more sense in terms of a risk than darvish. there’s no posting fee, no expectation of starting the year on the ml roster, and likely a lower salary.

    if he’d sign for a 6/40 deal, it’s a no brainer to sign him

  15. randy l. January 5th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    “***celebration***”

    i’d high five you for correct spelling, but that might fall under unnecessary cellibration.

  16. Ys Guy January 5th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    R.A. Di ckey is about to climb Mt. Kilamanjaro (with Kevin Slowey) to raise awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues and cares for women and girls in Mumbai who are at risk of being abused and exploited.
    He’s writting a blog about it and the NY Times is printing pieces of his blog:

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....more-55933

  17. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    A reason not to chase Josh Hamilton of he becomes a FA. A disaster waiting to happen in NYC.

    http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/.....father-law

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock January 5th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    R.A. Di ckey is about to climb Mt. Kilamanjaro (with Kevin Slowey) to raise awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues and cares for women and girls in Mumbai who are at risk of being abused and exploited.
    He’s writting a blog about it and the NY Times is printing pieces of his blog:

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/…..more-55933
    ////

    At the end of the world, who really cares that you shined in baseball. What matters is what people do with their good fortune. Very cool.

  19. GreenBeret7 January 5th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    randy l. January 5th, 2012 at 11:13 pm
    “***celebration***”

    i’d high five you for correct spelling, but that might fall under unnecessary cellibration.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    LMAO. I see that you’ve been giving golf lessons to Phil hughes this week. He broke 2 clubs the other day.

  20. pat January 6th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    You would think this would apply to Alex’s bonuses too. No luxury tax hit for them because they are part of a merketing deal……..

    “The marketing deal: Pujols, 31, will be paid $3 million for accumulating 3,000 hits (he’s currently at 2,073) and $7 million for a record 763 home runs (he has 445).

    Since it’s bonus money to account for the marketability of those milestones, that money will not go against the luxury tax ceiling, according to reports.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  21. Nick in SF January 6th, 2012 at 12:55 am

    “Being able to recognize a Tom Ford frame adds to my image of you as the most interesting man in the world.”

    Ha. If I told you how I knew, that image would almost certainly be irreparably damaged.

  22. blake January 6th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Everyone still asleep? MTU must still be feedin the hogs…..

  23. Ys Guy January 6th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    biscuits are in the oven, grits are slow cookin’ and i’m eating my huevos rancheros…..

  24. blake January 6th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    “biscuits are in the oven, grits are slow cookin’ and i’m eating my huevos rancheros…..”

    Nice!

  25. pat January 6th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Nick

    Shhh… Don’t be an illusion killer!

  26. upstate kate January 6th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    another quiet morning in Yankee land

  27. Erin January 6th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    biscuits are in the oven, grits are slow cookin? and i?m eating my huevos rancheros?..

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

    Were these magic grits? Did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans? -My Cousin Vinny

    :)

  28. 86w183 January 6th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    That huevos rancheros reference inspired me to whip up a nice scramble w/ red onion, green pepper and ham… Thanx!

  29. Shame Spencer January 6th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    biscuits are in the oven, grits are slow cookin? and i?m eating my huevos rancheros?..

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

  30. Shame Spencer January 6th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I just picked up my favorite breakfast this morning or I’d be even more jealous. I like a wrap with eggs, cheese, home fries/potatoes and hot sauce. Wakes me up better than coffee..

  31. upstate kate January 6th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    mmmm…now I am hungry

  32. Deal With It January 6th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    ‘The Yankees never inquired on lefty reliever Darren Oliver before he signed with the Blue Jays, reports MLBTR’s Ben Nicholson-Smith’

    MLBTR

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

    Good, didn’t need more age on an aging team.

  33. Ys Guy January 6th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    i mentioned this last night but i think it’s worth pointing it out to the morning people,

    R A Dickey is blogging about his attempt to climb killamanjaro Kevin Slowey to raise awarenesss for for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues and cares for women and girls in Mumbai who are at risk of being abused and exploited.

    the nytimes is publishing pieces, an interesting read and a great gesture:

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/

  34. Erin January 6th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    New Post: Filling the final spot on the bench

    :arrow:

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