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Yankees release seven minor leaguers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 22, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Over at Baseball America, this week’s minor league transactions include no new Yankees additions, but they do include a list of nine players who have been released by the organization.

Released: RHP Reinier Casanova, RHP Ryan Flannery, RHP Jhorge Liccien, SS Yadil Mujica, OF Kelvin Duran, OF Justin James, OF Damon Sublett

Most of these names — if not all of these names — should be unfamliar, but three stand out at least a little bit for me.

• Flannery was mentioned on this very blog just yesterday. Although he’d never been remotely overwhelming, he’d always shown impressive command in the lower levels of the minor league system. Through his five pro seasons, he has a 2.44 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, but his numbers slipped in Double-A last season. I suggested that he could get back on the radar if he re-discovered his command — after all, he had been terrific the previous year in Tampa — but Flannery is about to turn 27 years old and has clearly been passed by multiple relievers in the organization. Probably best for him to get a look in a different organization.

• Sublett was, once upon a time, considered a legitimate prospect. Probably the biggest prospect of this bunch. He was seventh-round pick in 2007, originally a second baseman but moved quickly to the outfield. Injuries cost him quite a bit of development time, and last season was his third attempt at Double-A. He hit just .214/.333/.314. With Abe Almonte re-signed, and with a standout crop of outfielders ready to surpass him next season, Sublett no longer had much of a place in this system.

• Mujica might have generated more initial buzz than anyone else on this list. He was signed out of Cuba in 2011, and because there wasn’t a ton of hard information about him, there seemed to at least the possibility that he might be a truly elite talent who’d fallen through the cracks. Instead, he quickly emerged as more of an organizational guy. He played a kind of utility role in Trenton in 2011, then bounced around, filling holes at three different levels last season. He was a .229/.291/.278 during his time with the Yankees.

Other familiar names from this week’s minor league transactions: Warner Madrigal and Nelson Figueroa (veterans who spent some time in the Yankees sytem) have signed with Arizona; John Maine (who pitched for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last year) signed with Miami; Cory Wade has signed with the Cubs; Xavier Nady signed with the Royals.

Headshots of Sublett and Flannery





119 Responses to “Yankees release seven minor leaguers”

  1. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Wasn’t Warner Madrigal the guy with the huge afro?

  2. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Crap,……I have to work on the 24th and the days in between to New Year’s which is for amateures by the way. :)

  3. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    jmills…what band do you play in?

  4. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Mick, I basically play in the very best of Sylvia Plath! :)

  5. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    sylvia died young like laura nyro

  6. tomingeorgia December 22nd, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    What do yo need to confess?

  7. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Tom,……nothing my friend!

  8. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Sylvia Plath is a pure champion of study mixed with sheer ambition and certitude. She cares about her craft so much!

  9. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

  10. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 6:41 pm


  11. tomingeorgia December 22nd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Liked the ellipses.

  12. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 6:46 pm

  13. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  14. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Tom, totally missed the ellipses , sorry.


    Stupid Mayan calander!

  15. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    H Mick! I like the Neil Young and Joni Mitchell sh!t,…..but where is Rush and April Wine?, ” sign of the gypsy queen “

  16. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 6:59 pm


  17. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 7:02 pm;rel=0

  18. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    mills….they don’t make em like joni and neil anymore….

  19. MTU December 22nd, 2012 at 7:08 pm


    Merry Xmas.


  20. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    MTU, Alex Lifeson and la Police are about to arrest u for stealing in a great rock and roll hall of blame! :)

  21. Ys Guy December 22nd, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    neil young and crazy horse @ RPI in troy back during the first gulf war! most amazing thing i ever saw! Sonic Youth was the warm up and the whole band sat in the row i was in and they were as blown away as i was.

    walked out in buzzed amazement only to hear some young lady say “why didn’t he play some nice accoustic music, like “heart of gold”

  22. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    YS,….good thing I don’t need to hear no crazy horse! Custer bit off more than he could chew.

  23. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 7:30 pm;rel=0

  24. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 7:31 pm

  25. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    April Wine should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame prior to Rush!

  26. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Mick, thank you for the museic! Natalie Merchant et al! Listen to Rush, and you might go blind.

  27. blake December 22nd, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Source: Ibanez in agreement with #Mariners.

    Sound the alarms

  28. blake December 22nd, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Of course this isn’t bad news if they get somebody better….farewell Raul….you had some super big homers in pinstripes

  29. blake December 22nd, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    @YankeesWFAN: Raul Ibanez has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Mariners.

  30. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Blake, I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it! I am a Yankee follower from way back yet. Bucky Dent was a lucky so and so!

  31. NYYROC December 22nd, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    jmills, “just between you and me” i have April Wine on my ipod

  32. austinmac December 22nd, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Nineteen more home runs gone.

  33. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    NYRROC – ” just between u and moi “, is a great Rush song! – Permanent Waves -

  34. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    yanks diss raul…..Hal has no sentimentality!

  35. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    smells like matsui…

  36. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 8:33 pm


  37. tucker December 22nd, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Wow, Raul gone — not so cool. Unless, of course, Cash can pull an Upton out of his hat.

  38. Ys Guy December 22nd, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    good by raul, thank you and best of luck against everyone except the Yankees!

    found this on wiki”:In a poll of 290 Major League players by Sports Illustrated, Ibáñez was voted the second nicest major league player, after Jim Thome.”

  39. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  40. jmills December 22nd, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Smells akin to Nirvana!

  41. austinmac December 22nd, 2012 at 8:35 pm


    It is the” if they get someone better” has me concerned. Baker? Wells? Are you kidding me?

  42. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    get jim thome!!!!!!!!

  43. jackamir December 22nd, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Bye Bye Raul—–You are a great inspiration for young players and a wonderful teammate. All the best…

  44. mick December 22nd, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    DanBarbarisi profile

    DanBarbarisi According to major league source, Raul Ibanez gets $2,750,000 base plus up to 1,250,000 in performance bonuses from Seattle.

    Now we know why he left….

  45. blake December 22nd, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    austinmac says:
    December 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    It is the” if they get someone better” has me concerned. Baker? Wells? Are you kidding me?

    Yes ;)

  46. blake December 22nd, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    @AndrewMarchand: Report: Ibanez, Mariners agree to $2.75M deal

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