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Rivera signing official; Miller claimed; Nix and Storey DFA

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees just officially announced the Mariano Rivera contract. Along with that, they announced that right-hander Jim Miller has been claimed off waivers and that Jayson Nix has been signed to a Major League contract to avoid arbitration.

Here’s the twist. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated Nix and Mickey Storey for assignment.

UPDATE: The Nix contract is for $900,000 and he’s agreed to accept the outright assignment to Triple-A if he clears waivers. Basically, if he clears, he’ll come to Yankees camp as a non-roster invitee with a chance to win back his utility job.

Here’s the full announcement from the Yankees.

YANKEES SIGN RIGHT-HANDED CLOSER MARIANO RIVERA

The New York Yankees today announced they have signed right-handed closer Mariano Rivera, Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader, to a one-year contract for the 2013 season.

Rivera, who turned 43 on Thursday, has recorded at least one save in each of the last 17 seasons (since 1996), marking the longest such streak in American League history and tying Lee Smith for the second-longest such streak all time behind John Franco’s 18 consecutive seasons. His 608 career saves are exactly twice as many saves with one team as Jeff Montgomery—who ranks second in saves among players who spent their entire career with one club—had with Kansas City (304).

In 2012, Rivera was 1-1 with five saves and a 2.16 ERA (8.1IP, 2ER) in nine relief appearances for the Yankees before having his season cut short by a torn right ACL on May 3. He underwent surgery to repair the tear on June 12 and missed the remainder of the year.

Despite missing the majority of 2012, over the last 10 seasons (2003-12), he leads the Majors with 365 saves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the oldest pitcher in franchise history to record a save and just the second to do so after turning 40, joining Jim Kaat, who earned two saves as a 40-year-old in 1979.

“Like I’ve been saying, I didn’t want to go out like that,” Rivera said. “I didn’t want that to be the last image. But it wasn’t an easy decision because there’s more than just baseball with me. I have to consider my family and the church, too. But I feel like we have a great group of guys and a team that can compete for a championship. I’m not just coming back to play. I’m coming back to win.”

Since earned runs became an official statistic in the National League in 1912 and the American League in 1913, Rivera’s 2.21 career ERA is the second-lowest all time among pitchers with at least 1,000.0 innings pitched, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, trailing only Eddie Cicotte’s 2.20 career ERA.

A 12-time American League All-Star, Rivera has posted a sub-2.00 ERA in eight of the last 10 seasons since 2003. From 2008-11, Rivera became the only pitcher in Baseball history with at least 60 appearances and a sub-2.00 ERA in each of four consecutive years. He has pitched in at least 60 games in 14 different campaigns, the most such seasons all time.

Rivera’s 42 postseason saves—18 in the ALDS, 13 in the ALCS and 11 in the World Series—and his 96 postseason appearances, are all Major League records, while his 0.70 ERA (141.0IP, 11ER) in postseason play is the lowest all time (minimum 30.0IP). He was part of his fifth World Championship team in 2009, recording the final out in each of the Yankees’ three postseason series-clinching wins en route to the club’s 27th World Championship. Rivera has allowed just 1ER over his last 25 playoff appearances (31.1IP, 0.29 ERA) since Game 4 of the 2005 ALDS vs. the Angels.

The Panama native was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on February 17, 1990, and is currently the longest-tenured Yankee (17 yrs, 105 days). His 18 seasons with the club are tied with Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and teammate Derek Jeter for most by a player in franchise history.

Additionally, the Yankees claimed RHP Jim Miller off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. Miller, 30, went 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA (48.2IP, 14ER) in 33 relief appearances over four stints with the A’s in 2012. He held opposing batters to a .217 (39-for-180) opponents batting average, including a .136 (11-for-81) mark against left-handed hitters. Originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the eighth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Miller has appeared in 47 career Major League games with Baltimore (2008), Colorado (2011) and Oakland (2012), going 2-3 with one save and a 2.42 ERA (63.1IP, 17ER).

The Yankees also signed INF Jayson Nix to a Major League contract, avoiding arbitration. To make room for the two additions to the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated Nix and RHP Mickey Storey for assignment.

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61 Responses to “Rivera signing official; Miller claimed; Nix and Storey DFA”

  1. Mike_Boston November 30th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    BoJo November 30th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I like Ichy but would be fine with a Dickerson/Nunez platoon in RF.
    ———————————————————————-
    Cash and Joe have said that Nunez is strictly a SS now, so don’t think RF is an option for him. I like Nunez’s bat, but unless he can find consistency with his defense they will have to trade him or only use at DH/PR.

  2. Duh Innings II November 30th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    ‘Looks like Miller is the last man in the pen and a third option against LHP assuming Rapada or Cabral makes the team.

    Whiteside and Storey claimed off waivers and Nix re-signed to be DFA then traded as a package for a catcher???

  3. Ys Guy November 30th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    i was gonna have a salad for dinner, but i decided i want to look more like derek jeter so im having the fettuccini alfredo with some garlic bread dripping butter.

    might have to go for the cheesecake too…

  4. Jerkface November 30th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    No guarantee Miller is the last guy out of the pen, like Storey he was just an attractive guy to waiver claim and if he survives the offseason will go into camp with a shot.

  5. Jerkface November 30th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    @LoHudYankees

    Nix signed a $900,000 major league contract and was DFA. Agreed to accept AAA assignment and come to Yankees camp if he clears waivers.

  6. Ys Guy November 30th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    they must want to trade nunez b/c he’s pretty useless at SS but would play 100 games if he was a RF/LF or 3Bman.

  7. Chad Jennings November 30th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Sorry for the two posts so close together.

    Just talked to a Yankees source…. Jayson Nix signed a $900,000 contract and agreed to accept the outright assignment if he clears waivers.

    Basically, another team can claim him, take on that contract and put him on its roster. Or he’ll clear waivers, the Yankees will still be responsible for the contract, and he’ll come to Yankees camp as an NRI with a chance to compete for a roster spot. The source said Nix has agreed to report to Triple-A if he doesn’t make the big league team.

  8. UnKnown November 30th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Very weak that people are now calling Jeter – Derek “Eater”.

    I mean the public just can’t wait for this guy to do anything wrong. The first mistake he ever makes people are going to really go nutso.

  9. Ys Guy November 30th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    c’mon, we kid because we love….

    derek will be in fine shape when the season starts…

  10. Mike_Boston November 30th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    That Jeter weight gain stuff today was pathetic. If I were him I would ban all NY Post interaction until an apology was issued. Even though he would never do that he should. Someone should post pictures of the editor/writer and open that up to a comment section.

  11. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I hope no one claims Nix unless the Yankees are planning on getting Keppinger.

    then it’s OK.

    :)

  12. Warning Track Power November 30th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Nix is very good. He knows he role, is a tru pro and hustles. Sometimes I wish Nunez could play like Nix.

  13. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Pitching is pretty much set now with AP and Mo back in the fold.

    Unless the Yankees wish to move one of their starters in a package for a bat.

    In that case they could try to add Haren on a 1 yr. pillow contract while he re-establishes his health.

  14. BoJo November 30th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I just shake my head at the thought of Nunez being kept at SS….his bat and speed are too valuable to just let them waste away. And I believe if he puts on about 25 pounds of muscle, that he would show significant power as well. He reminds me of a young Danny Tartabull.

  15. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I gotta believe that Cashman would like to add an impact RF’er to replace Swisher.

  16. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I think if Adams is allowed to compete for a job in ST he’ll give Nunez all he can handle.

    ;)

  17. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes November 30th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    MTU,

    we need just ONE impact bat….could be a RF/LF, 3B, C, or even a CF (with the plan to move Grandy to LF).

    We just need ONE and I’ll be far more confident about this team’s ability (and intent) to compete in 2013.

  18. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve got my OS set.

    Keppinger
    Haren
    Soria
    AJ P. or Ruiz
    JU, Gordon, Headley, or the like.

    :)

  19. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Prince-

    Yes. But I’m like Blake.

    Greedy.

    :)

  20. Mike_Boston November 30th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Bojo, the only way guys put on 25lbs of muscle are synthetically or by years of hardcore gym/diet dedication. It’s a very tough to thing to accomplish naturally.

  21. Warning Track Power November 30th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    I think if Adams is allowed to compete for a job in ST he’ll give Nunez all he can handle.

    —————————————————————————————–
    If the reports are true about Adams, I would not be surprised either.
    Defense is huge at SS & so far Nunez has “struggled” on defense at SS.
    Can’t have that. The position calls for someone that can get the outs.

  22. Mike_Boston November 30th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    MTU, isnt Adams a 2b, didn’t know he played ss?

  23. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes November 30th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    MTU,

    Ya know, its amazing what signing a guy like Haren could do for us in terms of opening up doors for other impact moves.

    You sign Haren, you can easily trade one of Nova/Hughes and package him with someone like Granderson for a big bat.

    Keppinger would be nice, but might cost too much for a bench player.

    No thanks on Alex Gordon, but I’d love Upton or Headley, especially the latter becuase I am beyond tired of seeing ARod play 3B (decent though he may be). ARod is a DH…if he doesn’t hit, he is useless to us. DH keeps him fresh and mitigates injury potential. Let him play 50 games in the field if need be.

  24. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    WTP-

    Nix is the ss bu.

    Adams can handle 2b/3b, or Keppinger.

    The kid can hit. He was showcased in the AFL. Might even be trade bait.

    Or maybe they move nunez.

  25. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Mike-

    2b/3b.

    Need nix or nunie for ss.

    Nix is more surehanded.

    Prince-

    Glad you like at least some of my ideas.

    :)

  26. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes November 30th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    MTU, i’d move Nunez as he’s demonstrated ability at the major league level and would project as more of a SS than 3B/2B.

    And we very well may need Adams at 2b/3b for 2014 if Cano is asking for $250M over 10 years (which is why i still say trade him now).

  27. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes November 30th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I’d really just love to see the youngsters get a better shot.

    Heck, let Nix walk…give Adams a chance…far more upside there.

  28. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    With certain assumptions or pre-conditions I’m ready to move lot’s of guys for the right bat.

    And I think we should.

  29. Warning Track Power November 30th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Adams just might get the opportunity to surpass Nix during ST.
    That won’t be easy.
    Might be easier for Adams to surpass Nunez during ST.
    You never know.

  30. Mike_Boston November 30th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Ahh MTU, thought you meant he could beat him out positionaly in spring training. Anyone know about his defense?

  31. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Prince-

    then you have to rely on Nunez at ss.

    Comfortable with that ?

  32. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Mike-

    very good at 2b. Just learning 3b. But have not heard any bad reports.

  33. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Dear Santa Claus.

    Please do not leave me with a lump of coal in my pinstriped sock this year.

    ;)

  34. The Return of Stoneburner November 30th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    Doubt it, they will focus on defense first guys with some hit tool. RT @KeithKlub you think they got a chance to get Mike Napoli?

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    Montero made strides defensively in the Yankees system suggesting better things. I think his size is limiting any further improvement.

    18h Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    @henzelbitzi Yea, Girardi won’t trust Montero back there with suspect defense. Montero didn’t show much improvement in 2012.

  35. Jerkface November 30th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Adams just might get the opportunity to surpass Nix during ST.
    That won’t be easy.
    Might be easier for Adams to surpass Nunez during ST.
    You never know.

    Easier than you think, right now Adams is on the 40 man and Nix isn’t, so he has a built in advantage

  36. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Pair Romine with John Jaso.

    Nice combo.

    How do we get Jaso ?

    Easy. We give Jerk Z Adams. Who he wanted before he broke his ankle.

    Or give him Nunez and keep Adams.

    Jaso would be an excellent left-handed pairing with Romine.

  37. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    You listening Brian.

    John Jaso.

    ;)

  38. Melkmanisinhotlanta November 30th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Will Grandy be traded?

  39. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Possible.

    But I think the Yanks would have to eat a little money and be getting an impact bat in return. An Upton type.

    Someone with power to replace some of Granderson’s loss.

  40. MTU November 30th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I’m out for now.

    have a good evening.

    The more I think about the Jaso thing. The more I like it.

    :)

  41. Ed Whitson November 30th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Do you think Jetes is fatter than CC now ?

  42. Melkmanisinhotlanta November 30th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I wonder if the NYY payroll will be in the 190s this year?

  43. jacksquat November 30th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Why will Adams be competing with Nunez? They play different positions. Nunez is SS, Adams is not, he is 2B/3B.

  44. blake November 30th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    @LostNYY: #Yankees can only do so much with budget constraints but there’s a reason they passed on Martin. #CountingPennies for #change :)

    What number will Buster Posey be wearing!!! :)

  45. jacksquat November 30th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I don’t think the Mariners will be interested in trading Jaso.

  46. blake November 30th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Jaso would be very nice…,don’t think he’d be cheap though

  47. blake November 30th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    @TBrownYahoo: Japanese right-hander Fujikawa is nearing a decision and am hearing the Angels are frontrunners.

  48. Nettles23 November 30th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    How bout we trade Hughes, Nova, Romine and a prospect to Cleveland for Carlos Santana and Shin-Soo Choo?

    Then sign Ichiro, Victorino & Haren.

    c-Santana
    1B-Tex
    2B-MVP
    SS-Tubby
    3B-A-Roid
    LF-Gardy/Choo
    CF-All or Nothing
    RF-Ichiro/Victorino
    DH-Any of the above

    SP-CC
    SP-HK
    SP-AP
    SP-Haren
    SP-Phelps

    Robertson
    Joba
    Mo

    Sounds good to me.

  49. Jerkface November 30th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    @TBrownYahoo: Japanese right-hander Fujikawa is nearing a decision and am hearing the Angels are frontrunners.

    :(

  50. blake November 30th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    “How bout we trade Hughes, Nova, Romine and a prospect to Cleveland for Carlos Santana and Shin-Soo Choo?”

    The Indians would probably need that prospect to be Mason Williams or Gary Sanchez to think about that….

  51. blake November 30th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I’m sure fukijima costs money….so he’s out

  52. Nettles23 November 30th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    If Haren is too $$$$, I’d take a flyer on McCarthy (Oak), Jurrjens (Atl), Lannan (Wash), Karstens, or Manny Parra (Mil) as # 5 SP (move Phelps to #4.

  53. jacksquat November 30th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Santana alone would cost more than that.

  54. Tar November 30th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I hope someone claims Nix and Nunez and Adams gets his playing time. He did a great job last year but it was a career year for him. I Don’t expect him to duplicate it. He is an awful hitter and just ok defensively.

    And I really doubt Romine and his 20 games at AAA or above is going to start for the Yankees. In fact I would bet that he doesn’t even make the team so he can get playing time at AAA.

    Cervelli and Stewie here we come. Yippee I’m so glad we got rid of Martin, I mean every dollar the Stein’s save is so important to us Yankee fans.

  55. blake November 30th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I love the Santana idea just because I like his guitar ….but I doubt the Yanks will give up what it’s take

  56. Nettles23 November 30th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    “The Indians would probably need that prospect to be Mason Williams or Gary Sanchez to think about that….”

    no problem. we keep Romine, give Sanchez, then we have Cervi, Romine, Stewart, Whiteside, etc behind Santana (27 years old)

  57. blake November 30th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I wonder what McCarthy will ask for…. He’d be a real nice back end guy should they trade a starter….there are actually a couple of good back end options should they trade somebody

  58. Nettles23 November 30th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Santana & Choo will soon start to be too expensive for Cleveland (maybe for the Stein’s also??), but Hughes and Nova have won 49 MLB games over the past 2 seasons, and are each only 26, and 25 years old, respectively. We do know that right? That young starting pitching is what every team wants?

  59. jacksquat November 30th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Hughes has only one year of control left, so he doesn’t have a lot of value, some, but not a lot. Nova has more years left, but he had a pretty bad year last year, so I don’t know how much other teams would value him, it would probably be selling low.

  60. Nick in SF November 30th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Young cost-controlled starting pitching.

  61. blake November 30th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    @mlbtraderumors: Orioles Non-Tender Mark Reynolds http://t.co/GSMBIA7V #mlb

    RH bat that can at least fake it at 3B

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