A few smaller moves and notes that might have escaped notice last week…
Another fringy reliever
It worked with Cody Eppley, and the Yankees keep adding some fringy bullpen arms. Right-hander Mickey Storey is the third relief pitcher the Yankees have claimed off waivers this winter. He made 26 appearances with the Astros last season and held opponents to a .237 average while getting more than a strikeout per inning pitched. Several of those appearances lasted two innings, and he made two starts in Triple-A, suggesting there’s some multi-inning ability if necessary. Just another arm to look at in spring training.
Gone and back again
Speaking of those fringy relievers, the Yankees lost and then re-signed one of them last week. David Herndon, a right-hander who had been claimed off waivers earlier this winter, was outrighted off the 40-man roster and immediately re-signed to a minor league contract worth $750,000 if he gets back to the big leagues ($180,000 while he’s in the minors). Herndon is coming off Tommy John surgery and I previously talked to one Yankees source who said the team legitimately believes he could help them in the second half next year. The Yankees like his arm.
Minor leaguers signing elsewhere
Baseball America’s latest round of minor league transactions included some familiar names, none of which have re-signed with the Yankees. RHP Eric Hacker (who was traded for Romulo Sanchez back in 2009) signed a minor league deal with the Giants. LHP Justin Thomas (who got some big league time at the end of this season) signed with Oakland. OF Jamie Hoffmann (the former Rule 5 pick who didn’t stick) signed with the Mets. OF Matt Carson (who wound up getting to the big leagues with Oakland and Cleveland) signed with the Indians. SS Alberto Gonzalez (the defense-first utility man) signed with the Cubs. RHP Dan McCutchen (part of the Nady/Marte trade in 2008) signed with the Orioles.
And a few smaller notes that popped up today…
Team USA coaching staff named
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre is going to manage Team USA at this year’s World Baseball Classic, and the rest of his coaching staff will including some other former Yankees. Major League Baseball today announced Torre’s staff: Larry Bowa (bench coach), Marcel Lachemann (bullpen/pitching coach), Greg Maddux (pitching coach), Dale Murphy (first-base coach), Gerald Perry (hitting coach) and Willie Randolph (third-base coach).
Postseason shares announced
There’s plenty of money in baseball. So much that teams are rewarded — significantly — for simply making the playoffs. Postseason shares were announced today, and a full share for the Giants was a record $377,002.64. A full share for the Tigers totaled $284,274.50. As for the Yankees, their share of the total players’ pool was $7,843,616.31, and the value of each of full share was $115,065.28. The Yankees awarded 58 full shares and 10.17 partial shares. For simply playing in the wild card game, the Rangers awarded 44 full shares worth $16,999.09 each. Back in Scranton, I was named Employee of the Month once and I believe I got a $20 gift card to Applebees or something. I’m just saying, Major League Baseball is different.
Opportunity to meet Wade Boggs
The Charleston RiverDogs announced they will hold an online auction for the opportunity to meet Wade Boggs during a private meet and greet opportunity. Boggs will serve as the guest speaker for the 9th Annual Hot Stove Banquet on February 1. The online auction for the meet and greet is currently open for bidding at www.riverdogs.com and will continue through noon Jan. 31. Fans can bid all week (every week) with the bidding closing at noon on each Friday. Each week there will be two winners.