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Tuesday night notes and links: Austin, Almonte, Duncan

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few notes from yet another quiet day.

• The Yankees will announce a full list of non-roster invitees at some point, but for now we know one interesting name: Tyler Austin told that he’s going to be in big league camp. “Especially to be with the Yankees and get this opportunity and go out and play with those guys,” Austin said. “It’s going to be an unbelievable experience that I’ll never forget.” Follow the link to read a full Q & A with Austin.

• Speaking of minor league right fielders, you can check out for a short video of Zoilo Almonte talking about his experience in the Rookie Career Development Program. Nothing really groundbreaking in the interview, but it might be a bit of an introduction to the kid who has a spot on the 40-man and could get to New York this season.

• A note on a former Yankees right fielder: Shelley Duncan has signed a minor league deal with the Rays. Might have made some sense for the Yankees as another right-handed bat to compete for a bench spot.

• Two other right-handed outfielders came off the market today. Delmon Young signed with the Phillies, and Mark DeRosa signed with the Blue Jays. Both are going to make less than a million bucks this year — as long as incentives don’t kick in — but we’ve know for quite a while that the Yankees weren’t interested in Young, and DeRosa’s recent production doesn’t inspire much confidence.

• Finally, Don Larsen is recovering after a broken hip that required surgery. The 83-year-old slipped on ice last month.





30 Responses to “Tuesday night notes and links: Austin, Almonte, Duncan”

  1. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Great news about Austin!!

  2. Tar January 22nd, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    41 out of 43 stolen base attempts for Austin is impressive. I’ll be looking forward to seeing him play next year.

  3. J. Alfred Prufrock January 22nd, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Good to see Mr. Perfect Game is on the mend. Breaking your hip in your 80′s can be dicey.

    Good news also that Zoilo has been working on his defense, the first thing he mentioned. :D

  4. Nick in SF January 22nd, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Does anyone have a preference between the Universidad de Chile and Colo-Colo in the Chilean Primera Division?

    And if so, why?

  5. Chip January 22nd, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I really think that a strong spring could propel Zoilo onto the 25 man roster. He and Abe could both play significant roles for this club.

  6. austinmac January 22nd, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Good read and good watch. Come on guys, we need you. They both seemed like nice young men.

  7. Bronx Jeers January 22nd, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    God I hope I’m nowhere near ice when I’m 83.

  8. austinmac January 22nd, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Spring training, 1951 and a 19 year old Mantle comes to camp. Wouldn’t that be fun. Darn Angels. Troit would be fun too.

    This year, one would think the Yankees would look over the prospects closer than ever. I hope we get to see them a little.

  9. Nick in SF January 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    The Yankees acquired Don Larsen in a trade for, among others, young catching prospect Gus Triandos.

    That’s right, the Yankees traded a young catcher to improve their rotation.

    Maybe Brian Cashman knows a thing or two about Yankee history.

    Triandos went on to catch a Hoyt Wilhelm no-hitter against the Yankees in 1958, the year in which he beat out Yogi Berra to start for the AL in the All-Star game, breaking an 8-year streak for Yogi.

    Oh yeah, Yogi. You could say that Triandos might have been a little blocked at the catcher position.

    He also hit an inside-the-park home run despite his reputation for being the slowest runner in the league. According to Triandos’ wikipedia page, “As of 2007, he also holds the record for the most consecutive games without being caught stealing, 1,206. That accounts for his entire career, in which he had exactly one stolen base.”

    Don Larsen, meanwhile, was eventually part of the trade that brought back Roger Maris.

    That’s right, the Yankees traded pitching to improve their offense.

    Maybe Brian Cashman still has some more lessons of Yankee history left to learn.

  10. Rich in NJ January 22nd, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    If only Montero had been blocked blocked by Yogi…or anyone

  11. Nick in SF January 23rd, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I thought we all agreed that he was blocked by Joe Girardi? :neutral:

  12. Rich in NJ January 23rd, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Do we also all agree that Stewie blocked Russell????

  13. Nick in SF January 23rd, 2013 at 12:44 am

    No, we part company there.

  14. Cashmoney January 23rd, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Tuesday Night Open Thread
    By Mike Axisa in Open Thread.
    One of these days the Yankees will make a move, right? These last few weeks have been incredibly boring as a fan. The Kevin Youkilis and Ichiro Suzuki signings did nothing for me as far as creating excitement. Once they re-signed the various pitchers, it’s been a snooze of an offseason. Frustrating, boring, many other things.

    Axisa pretty much described how I felt as fan this off season. although I am mildly excited to see what Youk has left. Its pretty much garbage diving time before those are gone as well. to me, Cashman reaffirms my opinion of him this winter, that is, without the overwhelming Yankees dollars behind him, he is pretty mediocre GM who is unimaginative and tentative.

  15. Bronx Jeers January 23rd, 2013 at 1:18 am

    So is Pineda supposed to throw a perfect game or is he supposed to break his hip?

    Or is his labrum supposed to be the hip break but 60 years too early and there’s no ice?

  16. Cashmoney January 23rd, 2013 at 1:31 am

    The only thing I can say about Pineda right now is that he is alive. The baseball part is unknown til … well… til he is back.

  17. Rich in NJ January 23rd, 2013 at 1:33 am

    “No, we part company there.”

    I agree. Stewie sucks.

  18. Rich in NJ January 23rd, 2013 at 1:36 am

    “Cashman reaffirms my opinion of him this winter, that is, without the overwhelming Yankees dollars behind him, he is pretty mediocre GM who is unimaginative and tentative.”

    I also agree with this, in general, but I suspect that his hands are tied.

  19. Cashmoney January 23rd, 2013 at 1:47 am

    but I suspect that his hands are tied.
    very likely, I would imaging it’s an experience that many smaller market GMs have gone through year in and year out.

    when you are low stack at a poker table, you are loathe to make a move, if that’s all the money you got. in some way, I think Cashman is waiting for that perfect hand to commit….

  20. Duh Innings II January 23rd, 2013 at 2:54 am

    What’s Youkilis’s problem?

    “Youk” you’re a Yankee now – return Joba’s voicemail which Joba didn’t have to leave for you considering he never hit you with a pitch and the stuff between you happened across just two games in 2007-08, 5-6 years ago.

  21. blake January 23rd, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Is today the day something happens?

  22. Mike Ri January 23rd, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Is today the day something happens?


    I wouldn’t hold my breath blake

  23. austinmac January 23rd, 2013 at 8:10 am

    This winter has Ben the most boring in memory. It was interesting to read comments about different ticket sales approaches which suggests sales problems. George knew fan excitement sells tickets. Hal doesn’t yet get it. He will.

  24. blake January 23rd, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Still think Cashman is lying in the weeds on Scott Hairston

  25. RadioKev January 23rd, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Seems that Austin is a fairly underrated prospect. I’m not exactly out there scouting him, but he’s been consistently successful.

  26. randy l. January 23rd, 2013 at 9:02 am

    “Still think Cashman is lying in the weeds on Scott Hairston”

    maybe he should smoke some weed and quit lying about what the yankees are really doing.

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