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Yankees extend invitations to spring training

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Feb 08, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Below is the release from the Yankees about their 27 invitations to spring training, including 13 inked to minor-league deals. I always find these lists intriguing, checking out the former major-leaguers or prospects on them, pondering who might make the team and what impact the player will have. Dewayne Wise is a terrific defensive outfielder. If only he could hit. There are a couple of ex-Red Sox pitchers on there in Manny Delcarmen and Hideki Okajima. Could Russell Branyan provide power off the bench, the kind of power he showed in an away uniform here? Wonder if Jorge Vazquez’s power could translate to the majors.

Who do you think can do something of substance and help the most this season at the major-league level among the veterans? Maybe Okajima. We’ll see.

OK, here’s the info, plus the player bios, courtesy of the Yankees:

The New York Yankees today announced that they have signed 13 players to minor league contracts with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, including INF Russell Branyan, RHP Manny Delcarmen, INF Bill Hall, LHP Hideki Okajima and OF Dewayne Wise. The club has also invited 14 additional players to 2012 Spring Training bringing the total number of invites to 27 (14 pitchers, five infielders, five catchers and three outfielders).  The total number of players now scheduled to report is 67.

Branyan, 37,  has played in 1,059 career games over parts of 14 Major League seasons with Cleveland (1998-2002, ‘10), Cincinnati (2002-03), Milwaukee (2004-05, ’08), Tampa Bay (2006), San Diego (2006-07), Philadelphia (2007), St. Louis (2007),  Seattle (2009, ‘10), Arizona (2011) and Los Angeles-AL (2011). He owns a career .232 (682-for-2,934) batting average with 143 doubles, 194 home runs and 467 RBI.  Entering the 2012 season, his 15.12 at-bat/home run ratio is the seventh best among active Major League players. Branyan is the only player in the history of the current Yankee Stadium to hit a home run off of the glass facing of the center field batter’s eye (7/2/09 with Seattle off Alfredo Aceves) and the first player to hit a home run into the upper deck (300 level) in the right-field stands (8/21/10 with Seattle off Javier Vazquez).  In 2011, he combined with Arizona and Los Angeles-AL to hit .197 (25-for-127) with seven doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI in 68 games. The Franklin, Tennessee native was originally selected by Cleveland in the seventh round of the 1994 First-Year Player Draft.

Delcarmen, 29, has appeared in 298 career games – all in relief – over parts of six seasons with Boston and Colorado, going 11-8 with a 3.97 ERA (292.2IP, 129ER). He is tied for eleventh all-time in Red Sox franchise history with 289 appearances and established a career-high with 73 appearances in 2008. In 2011, he combined with Triple-A Tacoma of the Seattle organization and Triple-A Round Rock of the Texas organization to go 3-2 with a 5.59 ERA (38.2IP, 24ER) in 26 relief appearances. Originally drafted by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, Delcarmen has made 11 career postseason appearances, including six during Boston’s 2007 World Series run. Over his career, is 4-1 with a 3.65 ERA (125.2IP, 51ER) in 131 relief appearances vs. the American League East division.

Hall, 32, owns a career .248 (825-for-3,325) batting average with 210 doubles, 124 home runs and 439 RBI in 1,047 games over parts of 10 seasons with Milwaukee (2002-09), Seattle (2009), Boston (2010), Houston (2011) and San Francisco (2011). He has made appearances at second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions during his career. In 2011, he split the season between the Houston and San Francisco organizations, combining to bat .211 (39-for-185) with nine doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI in 62 games. Hall was originally selected by Milwaukee in the sixth round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.

Okajima, 36, is 17-8 with six saves and a 3.11 ERA (246.1IP, 85ER) in 261 career games over parts of five seasons with Boston (2007-11). Has registered the sixth-most innings pitched among all lefthanded American League relievers since 2007. The 2007 All-Star and World Series champion owns a 2.11 ERA (21.1IP, 5ER) in 17 career postseason appearances. He made seven relief appearances with the Red Sox in 2011, going 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA (8.1IP, 4ER), but spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket where he was 8-1 with a 2.29 ERA (51.0IP, 13ER). Over his Major League career, has limited lefthanded batters to a .218 (87-for-399) batting average with 98 strikeouts and eight home runs. Prior to his Major League career, played in 11 seasons in the Nippon Professional League (Japan).

Wise, 33, owns a .219 (180-for-821) career batting average with 32 doubles, 22 home runs and 82 RBI in 445 games over parts of nine seasons with Toronto (2000-02, ‘10-11), Atlanta (2004), Cincinnati (2006-07), Chicago-AL (2008-09) and Florida (2011). Overall, he appeared in 69 combined games at the Major League level in 2011 with the Marlins and Blue Jays. He has appeared in all three outfield positions during his Major League career, combining for a .988 fielding percentage (509 total chances/six errors).  Wise was originally selected by Cincinnati in the fifth round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft.

LHP Manuel Banuelos, 20, combined to go 6-7 with a 3.75 ERA (129.2IP, 54ER) and 125 strikeouts in 27 starts with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2011, ranking third among all Yankees farmhands in strikeouts. He was named to the Eastern League’s midseason All-Star team, prior to his promotion to Scranton/WB on July 31. Following the season, he was tabbed by Baseball America as the top pitching prospect in the Yankees organization, the sixth best prospect in the EL and the 12th-best prospect on MLB Network’s/MLB.com’s top 50 Prospects list. Banuelos earned the James P. Dawson Award from the New York Chapter of the BBWAA as the 2011 “Most Outstanding Rookie in Spring Training,” after going 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA in six games (two starts). The Monterrey, Mexico native was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2008.

INF Doug Bernier, 31, played the entire 2011 season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .237 (69-for-291) with 13 doubles, four triples and 29 RBI in 95 games. Originally signed by Colorado as a non-drafted free agent in 2002, he owns a career .238 (645-for-2,711) minor league batting average with 114 doubles, 16 triples, 20 home runs and 268 RBI in 904 games in the Colorado (2002-08), Yankees (2009, ‘11) and Pittsburgh (2010) organizations. He made his Major League debut in 2008 with Colorado, appearing in two games and going 0-for-4 in his lone start at second base on June 19, 2008 vs. Cleveland.

RHP Daniel Burawa, 23, combined with Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa to go 5-4 with a 3.64 ERA (84.0IP, 34ER) in 39 appearances out of the bullpen in 2011. The St. John’s University product began the season with Charleston and was 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA (44.2IP, 18ER) in 19 relief appearances prior to being promoted to Tampa in late June. While with Tampa he went 2-2 with a 3.66 ERA (39.1IP, 16ER). Burawa was originally selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

LHP Juan Cedeno, 28, has not pitched during the regular season in each of the last three seasons, appearing only in the Dominican Winter League. In 2011, he made 15 relief appearances with the Tigres de Licey and went 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA (8.2IP, 1ER). Originally signed by Boston as a non-drafted free agent in 2001, he has combined to go 29-48 with a 4.70 ERA (681.2IP, 356ER) in 216 games (99 starts) in eight minor league seasons in the Boston (2002-04; ’05), Kansas City (2005-2007), Los Angeles-NL (2008) and Detroit (2008) organizations.

OF Colin Curtis, 27, did not play in 2011 due to a shoulder injury. He last saw Major League action in 2010, when he made his Major League debut, hitting .186 (11-for-59) with three doubles, one home run and 8 RBI in 31 games (nine starts in right-field, two in left-field and one at designated hitter) over two stints with the Yankees. In five minor league seasons in the Yankees organization, he has combined to hit .267 (494-for-1,850) with 32 home runs and 209 RBI in 497 games. Curtis was originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Matt Daley, 29, is 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA (80.1IP, 42ER) in 92 career Major League games with the Colorado Rockies (2009-11). He has spent the bulk of his career in the Rockies minor league system, combining to go 20-20 with a 3.80 ERA (378.2IP, 160ER) in 259 games. In 2011, he spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, going 0-2 with a 6.28 ERA in 17 outings before being recalled to the Major League club in May. The New York-native appeared in seven games with the Rockies prior to undergoing season-ending arthroscopic surgery in August. Daley was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Colorado in June, 2004 out of Bucknell University.

OF Cole Garner, 27, owns a career .286 (639-for-2,236) batting average with 157 doubles, 28 triples, 76 home runs and 346 RBI in 601 combined minor league games in the Colorado organization. In 2011, he made his Major League debut with the Rockies and batted .222 (2-for-9) in four contests. Colorado’s 26th round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Garner spent the majority of last season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and hit .330 (61-for-185) with eight home runs and 35 RBI.

C Jose Gil, 25, has appeared in 506 career minor league games, all in the Yankees organization, hitting .240 (405-for-1,691) with 98 doubles, 34 home runs and 224 RBI over 8 seasons. In 2011, he combined to bat .253 (67-for-265) with six home runs and 35 RBI in 79 games with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Following the season, he played in 32 games with the Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League and batted .272 (22-for-81) with eight doubles, one home run and 10 RBI. The Barcelona, Venezuela native was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2003.

C Kyle Higashioka, 21, spent the first half of the 2011 season with Single-A Tampa, batting .238 (39-for-164) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI, appearing in all but two games at catcher (two at designated hitter) and throwing out 21-of-60 (35.0%) potential base stealers. He was transferred to Single-A Charleston in June where he remained for the rest of the season, batting .223 (29-for-130) with six doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI in 36 games. Higashioka was the Yankees’ seventh round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. 

RHP Brett Marshall, 21, played the entire 2011 season with Single-A Tampa and went 9-7 with a 3.78 ERA (1401.IP, 59ER) in 27 games (26 starts). He made his third career relief appearance on July 21 at Bradenton and struck out eight batters in 5.0 scoreless innings. The Yankees’ sixth-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Marshall has played in four combined minor league seasons, going 16-15 with a 3.88 ERA (317.2IP, 137ER).

RHP Adam Miller, 27, has spent his entire professional career in the Cleveland minor league system, combining to go 33-30 with a 3.71 ERA (533.2IP, 220ER) in 135 games (94 starts). In 2011, he combined to make 31 relief appearances with Single-A Kinston and Double-A Akron, going 1-5 with a 5.93 ERA (44.0IP, 29ER) in his first action since May of 2008. Miller was originally selected by the Indians in Compensation Round A of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

C Gustavo Molina, 29, made the Yankees’ Opening Day Roster in 2011 and made three starts at catcher, batting .167 (1-for-6) with one double. He spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he hit .253 (41-for-162) with six doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI in 47 games. Following the season, he appeared in 42 games with the Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League and batted .256 (31-for-121) with seven doubles and 5 RBI. In 17 postseason games (16 starts at catcher) with the Caribes, he hit .295 (18-for-61) with six home runs and 17 RBI, ranking second in the league in slugging percentage (.639), tying for second in home runs and tying for third in RBI.  Molina has played in 26 career Major League games with Chicago-AL (2007), Baltimore (2007), New York-NL (2008), Boston (2010) and the Yankees (2011), making 11 starts at catcher.  The Venezuela native was originally signed by Chicago-AL as a non-drafted free agent on January 3, 2000.

C J.R. Murphy, 20, owns a career .274 (193-for-704) batting average with 46 doubles, 15 home runs and 107 RBI in 182 minor league games in the Yankees’ organization since 2009. In 2011, he combined at Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa to hit .287 (98-for-341) with 29 doubles, seven home runs and 46 RBI in 86 games. He threw out a combined 23-of-72 (31.9%) potential base stealers. Murphy was the Yankees’ second round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

INF Jayson Nix, 29, owns a career .207 (161-for-778) batting average with 33 doubles, 30 home runs and 84 RBI in 264 games over parts of four seasons with Colorado (2008), Chicago-AL (2009-10), Cleveland (2010) and Toronto (2011). In 2011, he made the Blue Jays’ Opening Day roster and appeared in 46 games with the club, batting .169 (23-for-136) with four home runs and 16 RBI. In 41 games with Triple-A Las Vegas, he batted .270 (44-for-163) with eight home runs and 29 RBI. Nix was a member of the bronze-medal winning 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team in Beijing, China and was originally selected by Colorado in Compensation Round A of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

LHP Mike O’Connor, 31, owns a 4-10 career record with a 5.30 ERA (120.2IP, 71ER) in 35 games (21 starts) at the Major League level over parts of three seasons with Washington (2006, ’08) and New York-NL (2011). He has spent the bulk of his career in the Nationals, Padres, Royals and Mets minor league systems, combining to go 50-52 with a 4.00 ERA (808.0IP, 359ER). In 2011, he spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Buffalo and went 5-5 with a 5.22 ERA (60.1IP, 35ER) in 39 relief appearances. In nine outings out of the bullpen with the Mets, he went 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA (6.2IP, 2ER, 8K), holding righthanded hitters to a .083 (1-for-12) batting average. O’Connor was originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the seventh round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Ryan Pope, 25, combined to go 2-3 with a 5.12 ERA (45.2IP, 26ER) in 40 combined relief appearances with Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2011.  Pope was selected by the Yankees in the third round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, becoming the first player ever drafted out of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

C Gary Sanchez, 19, batted .256 (77-for-301) with 49 runs, 16 doubles, 17 home runs and 52 RBI with Single-A Charleston in 2011. He led the RiverDogs in home runs, and ranked fourth overall among all Yankees farmhands. Following the season, he played with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League and hit .300 (6-for-20) in eight games. At the conclusion of the season, Baseball America listed him as the fourth-best prospect in the Yankees organization. Sanchez was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2009.

RHP Graham Stoneburner, 24, owns a career 10-13 record with a 3.03 ERA (234.1IP, 79ER) in 45 combined minor league games in the Yankees organization since 2009. In 2011, he combined at three different levels (GCL, Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton) to go 1-5 with a 4.04 ERA (91.1IP, 41ER) in 18 games (16 starts). While with the Thunder, he limited opposing batters to just 20 hits in 78 at-bats (.256 batting average). Stoneburner was originally selected by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

INF Jorge Vazquez, 29, played in 118 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2011, batting .262 (119-for-455) with 32 home runs and 93 RBI. He ranked first in the International League in home runs, second in RBI and fourth in total bases (235), leading all Yankees farmhands in home runs and RBI. A member of the IL’s midseason and postseason All-Star teams, he became the first Yankee minor leaguer to be named to a postseason All-Star squad as a designated hitter since Shelley Duncan accomplished the feat in 2007. Following the season, he played in 56 games with the Tomateros de Culiacan of the Mexican Pacific League and hit .330 (70-for-212) with 18 home runs and 60 RBI. He led the league in RBI, ranked second in home runs, third in slugging percentage (.618) and fourth in batting average and total bases (131). Vazquez played for Team Mexico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, batting .294 (5-for-17) with one home run and five RBI in five games and was a 10-year veteran of the Mexican League prior to signing with the Yankees in December 2008.

RHP Adam Warren, 24, spent the entire 2011 campaign at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 6-8 with a 3.60 ERA (152.1IP, 61ER) in 27 starts. He recorded a career-high in innings pitched and ranked tenth in the International League in ERA. Prior to the halfway point of the year, he went 6-3 with a 3.20 ERA (104.1IP, 37ER) in 17 starts, earning a spot on the IL’s midseason All-Star team. Warren recorded victories in five of six decisions from May 12-June 20, going 5-1 with a 2.50 ERA (54.0IP, 15ER) in eight starts over the stretch, throwing 7.0IP or more and allowing 2ER or less in five of those appearances. The University of North Carolina graduate was originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Kevin Whelan, 28, spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2011, going 2-3 with 23 saves and a 2.75 ERA (52.1IP, 16ER) in 45 relief appearances.  He was named to the International League’s midseason All-Star team and converted 18 of 21 save opportunities with a 1.61 ERA (28.0IP, 5ER) prior to the halfway point of the year. He finished the season tied for second in the league in saves, holding opposing batters hitless in 21 of his 45 outings. Whelan was acquired by the Yankees with RHPs Humberto Sanchez and Anthony Claggett from Detroit in exchange for OF Gary Sheffield in November 2006.  He was originally drafted by the Tigers in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

RHP Chase Whitley, 22, has appeared in 72 combined career minor league games (one start) with the Yankees since 2010, going 7-7 with a 2.17 ERA (128.1IP, 31ER). In 2011, he went 3-5 with seven saves and a 2.47 ERA (91.0IP, 25ER) in 42 combined games at Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He made his first career start on August 24 at New Hampshire and recorded the loss, allowed 3ER in 2.0IP. Whitley was originally selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

 
 

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90 Responses to “Yankees extend invitations to spring training”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I could definitely live with Russell Branyan.

    Dat’s all.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Oh one more thing. The thought of Manny DelCarmen makes me want to vomit.

    That must have been a Louise Neanderthal (or whatever her name is) suggestion after a particularly good romp in the hay. :)

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    And one more.

    “Cashman did address one current trade rumor after being asked by a young fan if he was comfortable sticking with A.J. Burnett given all the Yankees new pitching options.

    ‘We signed him to have more success than he is having,’ Cashman said. ‘But, it’s a competitive industry. As long as he’s not going to give up on himself, I’m going to have his back the entire way.’”

    YES. That’s the Brian Cashman I know and love. And I still believe AJ can succeed for the Yanks.

    (No jokes about Louise Neanderthal here. Get your own material!)

    :)

  4. Rich in NJ February 8th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Cashman can say what he wants, but the facts are that AJ has had back to back seasons of historically bad ERAs (FIP not much better), so I don’t think what he says means a whole lot.

  5. 4 NYY February 8th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    I could definitely live with Russell Branyan.

    Dat’s all.

    —————————————————————————————————————–

    Not married ?

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    It does to me. And time will tell how much meaning it has. It’s also true that he has had some terrific games in those back-to-back seasons, postseason included. It proves he still can pitch well. And he made definite improvement in terms of not exploding with men on base so maybe continued work with Rothschild will help him.

    Nothing says he won’t ever find the holy grail.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    “Not married ?”

    Presently single, definitely by choice!

    :)

    Actually I meant that I would feel okay about the Yanks choosing Branyan to DH.

  8. 4 NYY February 8th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I know, J/K.

  9. Rich in NJ February 8th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Yes, AJ will tease you now and then, but small sample size caveats exist for a reason.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I knew too.

    :)

    J/K back atcha

  11. BD (Boston Dave) February 8th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Yanks surely would have traded AJ if they could have (and not had to pay too much $$)

    But if he’s gonna be a Yankee, why wouldn’t Cashman have his back?

    AJ is capable of pitching well – just way too inconsistent. Maybe a little pressure/competition for innings will help? AJ won’t get those innings if he doesnt get it done.

  12. Rich in NJ February 8th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    They cannot burn Hughes’ future as Yankee starter because of him. That would be sickening.

  13. tucker February 8th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Am surprised David Phelps is not among the invites. He seems to be the most polished among Warren and Mitchell.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    “Yes, AJ will tease you now and then, but small sample size caveats exist for a reason.”

    And what’s key here is “the reason”. WE can posit a lot of things but who thought that he’d get to a point where he could pitch well with men on base? I’m willing to believe that he still has a lot left to give and I’m willing to hope that Rothschild can supply the needed help.

    But of course, we’ll see.

    I still have his back because I still believe he can succeed. It takes a lot for me to totally give up on a player, and when I do, you can rest assured he’s pretty much done. The last player I wanted far away from the Yanks was David Cone. Take that back. IPK. David Cone before that. I wanted Cone to disappear when fans were still behind him 100%. But St. Joe continued to trot him out to the mound every 5th day and he continued to kill the Yanks game after game after game. I was never so relieved when the Boss ordered him to Tampa. (Something very strange happened after his no hitter. It was like he had nothing to pitch for anymore.)

  15. rm February 8th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Some second tier team like the Mets should seriously consider signing Manny waiting out the 50 game suspension giving him about 20 starts to prove he can still hit and trade him to a contender. It could be a nice return for tying up a roster spot .

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    In no particular order:

    My rotation:

    CC
    Nova
    Hughes
    Pineda
    AJ

    in the pen for spot starts and long relief

    Garcia
    Kuroda

    If Nova isn’t good to go Garcia or Kuroda go to the rotation.

    Hey I won’t be surprised if AJ ends up in the pen as the 6th starter.

    I have no clue what is going to happen, obviously. But I a still behind AJ.

  17. Rich in NJ February 8th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    “And what’s key here is “the reason””

    He’s entering his age 35 season. He is what he is. Any other outcome is so unforeseeable that it’s only natural to plan as if it won’t happen. And now that he could be blocking Hughes, that experiment can’t be allowed to happen here.

  18. Rich in NJ February 8th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Kuroda is starting, trisha

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    “AJ is capable of pitching well – just way too inconsistent. Maybe a little pressure/competition for innings will help? AJ won’t get those innings if he doesnt get it done.”

    Yes to all.

    Very interesting watch, BD. With 7 pitchers vying for rotation spots, someone’s going to be in the pen. Or some two.

    I totally believe in Hughes so for me, he’s got to be in the rotation. After that it doesn’t much matter to me. I’d like to see Kuroda in the pen, but I think I am a majority of one in that regard!

    :)

  20. Nick in SF February 8th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    But Kuroda is a virtual lock for a rotation spot. Garcia is too if public statements by Yankee brass is evidence.

  21. Jerkface February 8th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Am surprised David Phelps is not among the invites. He seems to be the most polished among Warren and Mitchell.

    He is on the 40 man, so gets an automatic invite

  22. Nick in SF February 8th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Great job closing by UNC. :mad: :mad: :mad:

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Rich you very well may be right on target about AJ. But I’m not buying it unless and until I see it with my own eyes. That’s the way I rock and roll. But I am rational enough to understand why most posters want him on a slow boat to China. I’m just not one of them. As BD pointed out, the maddening part about AJ is his lack of consistency. I think it’s more mental than anything but whatever it is, is deep in there. I’m hoping that Rothschild has the wizardry to straighten it out.

    If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. But I never accede purely based on someone else’s sayso. I need to have it proven to me – or to have it proven that I got it right.

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I don’t agree that Kuroda is a virtual lock. I love Freddy so if he’s in the rotation, I’m happy.

    I don’t pretend to know for certain who is or isn’t in the rotation, beyond CC. If AJ ends up in the pen, so be it.

  25. Rich in NJ February 8th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    trisha

    It’s not like I have confidence that the Yankees will make the right decision.

  26. Rich in NJ February 8th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Kuroda is the nominal #2, imo.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    “It’s not like I have confidence that the Yankees will make the right decision.”

    :D

    You know, I kind of hear ya.

  28. Nick in SF February 8th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Barring injury during Spring Training, Kuroda is in the rotation.

    Probably as the #2 or #3 starter.

    I won’t bother to go through the reasons as I think they’re commonly understood, and I’m not arguing the merits one way or another, just predicting what will happen.

    It’s a no-doubter.

  29. Jerkface February 8th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I don’t agree that Kuroda is a virtual lock.

    The chances of Kuroda being in the rotation are like 99%. He was an incredibly tough signing that the Yankees have been after forever, who is making personal changes to play on the east coast out of his comfort zone for the Yankees. I don’t think he would negotiate with the Yankees, sign, and then accept being in the pen. They are also paying him 10 million and he has a history of success. Teams want him. No one wants AJ burnett.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    rich, you know the Ys are very close to the vest. A big question to me is the health of Nova. We have no way of knowing whether he has totally healed from whatever his injury was.

    If Nova is 100% healthy, he’d have to be in the rotation IMO, or IMR (in my rotation). So would Hughes.

    Oh yeah, Pineda I would think. I can’t pretend to know what the Yanks have in mind and if they started him in AAA to give his arm a rest, it wouldn’t bother me. But I guess that’s a real long shot.

    It is kind of a crazy scenario though. If you want to go with the most viable from a very pragmatic standpoint, you’d be looking at CC, Nova, Hughes, Pineda, Freddy and Kuroda. That’s six. Who’s in the pen? (I’ll put AJ in there for these purposes.) Some tough choices coming up.

  31. Benny Blanco February 8th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    What a great shot by austin rivers!!!

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Jerkface, I respect the fact that you at least gave one percent. I think the only 100% happening is CC. There may be lots of 99%s behind him.

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Can’t wait to see Jeremy Lin again! Yeow!

  34. dogface February 8th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Great job closing by UNC. :mad: :mad: :mad:

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

    Yeah, Roy Williams coached the bleep out those last 5 minutes.

  35. Nick in SF February 8th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Kuroda has a chance to not make the rotation like Guadin and Mitre each had a 20% chance to make the 2010 rotation.

  36. rm February 8th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Seven legitimate starting pitchers for five spots is a very nice problem to have. If everyone stays healthy and pitches well I would put Garcia and AJ in the pen. But these things have a way of working themselves out. Somebody will probably be a little sore at the begining of the season and somebody else (AJ?) may not be pitching well. If everybody is pitching well there will likely be lots of teams lining up to trade or quality pitching.

    I have this dream that AJ will pitch well enough to make the rotation and will put up a 5 or 6 game winning streak like he sometimes does and some other team will be fooled into trading for him. I know its just a dream. Its not likely to come true.

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    And rich, it also wouldn’t surprise me if the Yanks traded AJ before the start of spring. It won’t surprise me if he’s at ST either. They are stealth bombers so you never know what they’re up to.

    It’s going to be an interesting spring, that’s for sure. 7 to make 5. Never enough pitching though, yada yada yada.

    :)

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    “I have this dream that AJ will pitch well enough to make the rotation and will put up a 5 or 6 game winning streak like he sometimes does and some other team will be fooled into trading for him. I know its just a dream. Its not likely to come true.”

    :lol:

    You know, there are lots of teams that would love to have AJ on their team – but just not at AJ money.

  39. Nick in SF February 8th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I would like to wager on this, Trisha, but it would be hard to offer fair odds.

    How about I stake 15 Ritter Sports vs. your 3?

    If Kuroda is in the rotation to start the season, I win. If he’s in the bullpen, you win. And if he’s injured, the bet is no action.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I’d have to know the health of Nova first.

  41. Nick in SF February 8th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    That info won’t be available for a while, but he should be in the rotation too if healthy.

  42. Nilsson February 8th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Friday’s game vs. Lakers is must see. Lin is becoming revelation.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    And actually, betting on it is pointless. I said I’m not convinced Kuroda will be in the rotation. Not every comment is meant to be thrown out there as a challenge to someone else who is hell bent on making a point.

    I’m not convinced he’ll be in the rotation. You are. I can live with that just as it is.

    Now you want to bet on the Sux, and if you want to bet they’ll make the playoffs, I’m betting they won’t. I bet on what I feel extremely sure about.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    “Friday’s game vs. Lakers is must see. Lin is becoming revelation.”

    God I can’t wait to see it. I watched highlights of Lin’s game the other night and what struck me is that he seems so humble. Even his comments after the game were humble. He appears to be a very gentle person. I think that’s lovely.

    :)

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

    Nick, assuming Nova is healthy, what is your 7 into 5?

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Well I’ll check out responses tomorrow. I think I am going to call it a night and watch some DVRd telly (like tonight’s episode of Top Chef).

    Hasta mañana.

  46. rm February 8th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Trisha, In my dream we actually get a valuable player back in return for AJ and we only have to pay about half of his salary.

  47. Nilsson February 8th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    No doubt, Trisha. He’s humble and also runs a nice pick and roll. Hope the Lin train keeps on rolling.

  48. Nick in SF February 8th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I’m not trying to convince you, I’m trying to profit off you being wrong. But I don’t blame you for not wanting to back this one up with chocolate.

    Don’t have any opinion on who the 5 will be, seems likely there’s another shoe to drop. CC and Kuroda are the surest things.

    And for now no bet on Boston making the playoffs. But I bet they finish ahead of Baltimore!

  49. Benny Blanco February 9th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I think its safe to assume that pineda and nova are in the rotation. I refuse to comment on the state of nova’s health until ST.

  50. TheStraw February 9th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Please tell me it’s not back….

  51. Jerkface February 9th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    There may be lots of 99%s behind him.

    The 99%’s: Nova, Kuroda, Pineda

  52. TheStraw February 9th, 2012 at 12:17 am

    My 7 into five: CC, Kuroda, Pineda and Nova are locks. The fifth spot I beleive will go to Freddy. Hughes will either be the long man or possibly in AAA (I think he still has an option left) if he has a poor spring. AJ is going to be traded for a bag of balls within the next week, despite Cashman’s insistence to the contrary.

  53. pongo February 9th, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Please tell me it’s not back….

    Not for long.

  54. 4 NYY February 9th, 2012 at 12:28 am

    The 99%’s: Nova, Kuroda, Pineda

    ————————————————————————————-

    Occupy the mound ?

  55. GreenBeret7 February 9th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    RobinsonCano Robinson Cano
    Ok ok I’ll tell you guys, I flew all the way to LA to tape the Tonight show with Jay Leno tomorrow….

  56. PhiltheThrill February 9th, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Some of our pitching prospects are getting up there in years. Kevin Whelan is 28 – of course it’s been a while since he was much of a prospect.

  57. Jerkface February 9th, 2012 at 1:36 am

    An interesting thing I read

    Baseball gives us another important example. How do fielders catch fly balls? It seems like a very complex math problem with variables for speed, trajectory, gravity, friction from air resistance, wind influence, etc. Should fielders run as quickly as they can to the general location where the ball will land, then make adjustments as they solve these equations somehow?

    No. The best way to catch a fly ball is to use the gaze heuristic, as described in the book Gut Instincts. The method is to look at the ball, start running, and adjust your running speed so that the angle of your gaze remains constant. You will then reach the ball just as it lands, and you’ll be in the right place. Experimenters found that the best professional baseball players use this method (and so do dogs), but that most of the players don’t know that they use it, and are unable to explain any method they use to catch fly balls.

  58. 108 stitches February 9th, 2012 at 5:07 am

    As always, extra catchers are needed in ST to catch the bullpen sessions of the many pitchers around.
    All of Jose Gil, Kyle Higashioka, Gustavo Molina, J.R. Murphy, or Gary Sanchez will be re-assigned to the minor league complex as cuts are made and minor league players report after March 15.
    It also gives Tony Pena and Butch Wynegar a chance to work with Murphy and Sanchez for the 1st time.

  59. ron February 9th, 2012 at 7:10 am

    When i played very unorganized wiffleball,that is the exact method i use to catch fly wiffleballs.

    I kid,i kid.

  60. blake February 9th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Im i’m in a foul mood this morning……earth to UNC…duke shoots 3s…..that’s all they do and all they’ve ever done…..GUARD THEM! When does ST start again? …..

  61. dogface February 9th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Im i’m in a foul mood this morning……earth to UNC…duke shoots 3s…..that’s all they do and all they’ve ever done…..GUARD THEM!

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

    Had to be a tough one for Heels fans. They owned that game from about the 15 minute mark of the 1st half til the 17 minute mark of the 2nd. Stunning how they went to pieces the last couple of minutes.

  62. Ys Guy February 9th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    you can tell the yankees minor league system has been much improved when all of the most-interesting names on the invitee list are yankees minor leaguers. the other guys are just filler.

  63. blake February 9th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    “Stunning how they went to pieces the last couple of minutes.”

    Duke made a bunch of tough shots…..but Carolina just isn’t a tough enough club mentally right now…..hopefully they’ll get better…..they have no bench either anymore which hurts. Doc Rivers boy is very very good.

  64. John in Ohio February 9th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    So… If my cypherin’ is correct, Jorge Vazquez started playing in the Mexican League when he was 16?

  65. dogface February 9th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Doc Rivers boy is very very good.

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

    He does some things very well. Making his teammates better isn’t one of them……yet. To me he still plays a little like the high school kid who has to do everything for his team. Probably happens with a lot of freshmen. He’s definitely a player though.

  66. randy l. February 9th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    “An interesting thing I read
    Baseball gives us another important example. How do fielders catch fly balls? It seems like a very complex math problem with variables for speed, trajectory, gravity, friction from air resistance, wind influence, etc. Should fielders run as quickly as they can to the general location where the ball will land, then make adjustments as they solve these equations somehow?”- jerkface

    “The gaze heuristic is a heuristic employed by people when trying to catch a ball. Experimental studies have shown that people do not act as though they were solving a system of differential equations that describe the forces acting on the ball while it is in the air and then run to the place at which the ball is predicted to hit the ground.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaze_heuristic

    “Heuristic ( /hj??r?st?k/; or heuristics; Greek: “???????”, “find” or “discover”) refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery. Where an exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution. Examples of this method include using a rule of thumb, an educated guess, an intuitive judgment, or common sense.
    In more precise terms, heuristics are strategies using readily accessible, though loosely applicable, information to control problem solving in human beings and machines.”

    jerkface-

    this is some funny stuff. interesting but funny.

    so after all this time watching and playing some baseball, you just now figured out from reading a book that baseball players don’t solve equations first ?

    so i guess you’re also be surprised that i decided garret jones was really good without doing any equations first.

    al kidding aside, i do find this book interesting. i’ll have to check it out.

    but thanks for the morning laugh while having my coffee.
    i so much understand where you and others statistically inclined are coming from now.
    and that’s not a criticism. it’s juts another way at looking at catching a fly ball.
    ok , maybe a little criticism :)

  67. Tabbert February 9th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Seriously? You don’t think kuroda is a lock for the rotation and you site novas health being one of the factors if he will or wont be in the rotation? What world do you live in? Kuroda had two teams he was going to play for, the yankees or his former team in japan. Nor him or the yankees would have taken on a 10 million deal for long relief out of the pen.

    Cc, kuroda, pienda, nova, are all locks to be in the starting five unless a injury prevents them from being there. Typically, teams go with their best five pitchers for the starting 5. Those are the top 4. Hughes, garcia, and aj will battle it out for the fifth spot. But for you to honestly think that kuroda not being a starter is a probability shows that you have very little baseball IQ.

  68. blake February 9th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    DF,

    Agree….he’s more of a 2 guard now than a point….but Duke really needs him to score for them to win so I think that’s part of it…..if he’s smart he will stay in school another year…..I hope he doesn’t…..Barnes coukd use another year in college as well…..he’s got some great skills but he doesn’t handle the ball well enough yet to be good in the NBA…..

  69. blake February 9th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Peter Gammons pgammo

    @

    After 5 years of :”always being hurt” with a torn capsule, Rich Harden last week had surgery, aiming to come back in 2013–healthy. Finally

    Prime example of how quickly things can go south for pitchers…..

  70. blake February 9th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Kuroda should probably start the 2nd game of the season behind CC……actually if everyone is healthy id line it up Sabathia, Kuroda, Nova, Pineda…….it’ll ease Pineda in and take some pressure off and allow him to face some lesser pitchers and build some confidence……also perhaps temper Yankee fans expectations a bit for the 23 year old.

  71. randy l. February 9th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    cashman must not have used the “gaze heuristic” technique when he first met louise.

    one gaze and he should have known which direction his run away escape strategy should take.

    away is the operative word. fast away. really fast away
    zig zagging when necessary

    kind of a reverse catching a fly ball strategy :)

  72. randy l. February 9th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    “Prime example of how quickly things can go south for pitchers…..”

    blake -
    it’s the biggest reason why i’d never trade the same quality player for a pitcher, and why i hate the montero trade.

    yes, it could work out. pineda could be the next big yankee star. just like harden could have been the next big thing for some team too.

  73. dogface February 9th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    cashman must not have used the “gaze heuristic” technique when he first met louise.

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

    LOL. Maybe so, but he’s all equations now. Actually just one equation. Everything divided by 2.

  74. Tom in N.J. February 9th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Police Arrest YES Network’s Lorenz on DUI Charge

    http://www.westportnow.com/ind.....nts/36990/

  75. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Good morning-

    This was probably discussed already but according to Joel Sherman the Yankees are now willing to eat 25M of the 33M on Burnett’s contract making him a 4M/year pitcher for some “lucky” team.
    This is essentially the same % the Cubs ate while trading Zambrano to the Marlins.I believe the Cubs got some low A minor leaguer back.

    I now think that Burnett gets traded and might even waive his partial NTC to go to a NL team where he might enjoy better success.

  76. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I think the consensus on the blog was that lefty Clayton Kershaw was the one young pitcher that many would include Montero in a deal for. However based on the better pitchers traded this offseason, it would have taken a lot more to land him.

  77. blake February 9th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Randy,

    Yea….its a risk….we just have to hope it works out.

  78. Giuseppe Franco February 9th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Peter Gammons pgammo

    @

    After 5 years of :”always being hurt” with a torn capsule, Rich Harden last week had surgery, aiming to come back in 2013–healthy. Finally

    ———

    No matter. We’ll still see Chip proposing the Yanks to acquire him.

  79. champ809 February 9th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I think the Yanks are hoping that everybody is lights out in spring training in which case AJ becomes very tradeable asset.

    The odds are against him as far as making a start in pinstripes this season.

    If Hughes has a very good ST then he’ll be the 5th starter with Freddie being the 6thman/long reliever.

    I think the rotation will lineup as follows CC, Hiro, Nova, Pineda, Hughsie…..

  80. blake February 9th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Trader,

    I hadn’t seen that…..if they’ll eat that much then he will be traded most likely…..that’s a good deal for a team.

  81. Ys Guy February 9th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    blake February 9th, 2012 at 8:29 am
    Peter Gammons pgammo

    @

    After 5 years of :”always being hurt” with a torn capsule, Rich Harden last week had surgery, aiming to come back in 2013–healthy. Finally

    Prime example of how quickly things can go south for pitchers…..
    ==========================
    sad for harden how it’s gone for him, but he’s had several surgeries and none of them habe enabled him to come back healthy, so really all this says is he’s gonna miss another full season to injury. the guys has great stuff, but you have to wonder if we’ve seen his last outing in the majors.

  82. blake February 9th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Trader,

    You have a link to that?

  83. Ys Guy February 9th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    i agree if the yankees are going to eat $25M of burnett’s contract, he will be gone shortly.

  84. dogface February 9th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I think the Yanks are hoping that everybody is lights out in spring training in which case AJ becomes very tradeable asset

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

    Disposable or expendable would be better words than tradeable. He’s both of those now, but he’s not very tradeable, which is why he’s still here. If Sherman is correct and the Yankees are indeed willing to pay him $12.5M per season to pitch for someone else this year and next, then he actually will be tradeable…..provided they don’t expect much of anything back.

  85. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Blake-

    I found that on Pinstripe Alley which quoted it from the NY Post article by Sherman. Let me find the Post article to see if I can find the quote.

  86. Benny Blanco February 9th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    YT,

    If that is true then the yankees can have 2 fighting for one spot as oppose to 3.

    AJ can’t compalin, the yankees have been more than patient with him. Two years of being the worst pitcher in the league is unacceptable.

  87. Deal With It February 9th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    This was probably discussed already but according to Joel Sherman the Yankees are now willing to eat 25M of the 33M on Burnett’s contract making him a 4M/year pitcher for some “lucky” team.

    ———

    Interesting that the Yanks will eat $ 25 million on this contract yet the can’t come up with the money to sign a decent DH / Bench player ?

  88. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    by Frank Campagnola on Feb 9, 2012 6:01 AM EST in New York Yankees News

    Good morning, Pinstripe Alley readers. Here’s your regular morning news for Thursday, February 9th.
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are willing to eat up to $25M in order to trade A.J. Burnett. Per Sherman: “They know no team will take all of Burnett’s remaining two years at $33 million. But if they could save, say, $4 million this year and next year, it would provide some wiggle room to finish off their roster heading into spring training.” Have to say, I hope this is true, even though I recently reconsidered my stance on Burnett.

    However this is the only Sherman article and it doesn’t quote him as saying that;.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....TuW0BhEZcO

  89. randy l. February 9th, 2012 at 9:05 am

    “Yea….its a risk….we just have to hope it works out.”

    blake-

    you think if a lot of us from lohud take leaves of absences from work and just occupy the parking lot at legends field during spring training and chant ” change up, change up, change up” that it would help ?

  90. Yankee Trader February 9th, 2012 at 9:07 am

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