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Yankees acquire reliever Kelley

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees just announced the trade…

The New York Yankees today announced they have acquired right-handed pitcher Shawn Kelley from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte.

Kelley, 28, went 2-4 and posted a 3.25 ERA (44.1IP, 16ER, 44H, 15BB, 45K) in 47 appearances over three stints with Seattle in 2012, averaging more than one strikeout per inning. Additionally, he made 14 appearances for Triple-A Tacoma, going 2-0 with 6 saves and a 0.90 ERA (20.0 IP, 9H, 2ER, 4BB, 0HR) with 25 strikeouts.

Originally selected in the 13th round of the First-Year Player draft by Seattle, Kelley has a 10-9 career record with a 3.52 ERA (128.0IP, 121H, 50ER, 39BB, 122K, 19HR) over parts of four Major League seasons with the Mariners. In six minor league seasons, he has an 8-3 record with a 1.78 ERA (121.2IP, 92H, 24ER, 39BB, 7HR) with 138 strikeouts.

In a corresponding roster move, 3B Alex Rodriguez has been placed on the 60-day disabled list. The Yankees 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

 
 

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56 Responses to “Yankees acquire reliever Kelley”

  1. CompassRosy February 13th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Larry Stone @StoneLarry
    With Kelley and David Aardsma, Yankees re-assembling 2010 Mariners’ bullpen

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    Jason A. Churchill @ProspectInsider
    Scout tells me Almonte is a “good little player” but would be surprised if he spent much time in majors, if at all.

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    Geoff Baker ?@gbakermariners
    Note that Almonte, 23, is not considered a top prospect, just fills a depth need for Mariners in their minor league system.

  2. Rich in NJ February 13th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Maybe Cashman is intent on keeping the lines of communication open with Jack Z. in the hope that one day, he can get Montero back……

  3. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 13th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Another nice move by $man

    And good thing the Yankees did not listen to the lohud commenter – the feminista – the alfred – the face with a jerk – Earth’s answer – AND go with David Adams at 3b – that would have been a disaster in light of today’s news – - – -yet another good move by the Yankees FO not going with Adams at 3b this year to begin – - – -

    This is Stoneburner, reporting from Ceti Alpha V, with the wax poetic minute

    (Praise for the Stoneburner Project continues to roll in. Tommy Bashore for Cry Babies and Complainers writes, “The project has begun to expose the complexities of the spoiled pretend fan on the comment section of lohud. I applaud the project’s work. To throw a temper tantrum over trading a Montero, or a budget of 189, or for tickets being sold here or there, it just exposes how spoiled those commenters appear to be.”)

  4. Chip February 13th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I’m glad that the Yankees were able to open up the spot by putting Alex on the 60, but this still doesn’t make much sense to me.

    Maybe Almonte’s not better than Zolio Almonte or Melky Mesa; but I would have liked to see those three play together at AAA and give the team options. As I said, if the Yankees are able to use this RH relief depth to get a better fourth OF option than Juan Rivera or Matt Diaz – wonderful.

    Guys I would target:
    Justin Maxwell
    Chris Denorfia
    they could go for Drew Stubbs but he’s a strike out machine that I wouldn’t want to use for more than defensive replacement

  5. Rich in NJ February 13th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Another nice move by $man

    And good thing the Yankees did not listen to the lohud commenter – the feminista – the alfred – the face with a jerk – Earth’s answer – AND go with David Adams at 3b – that would have been a disaster in light of today’s news – – – -yet another good move by the Yankees FO not going with Adams at 3b this year to begin – – – -
    _

    So wait. It’s another “nice move by” Cashman, even though it is incredibly minor and we have no data on whether or not it will actually be “nice,” yet three posters who have been right to this point about a major move and have been proven right by the data to this point, shouldn’t be listened to because of an unforeseeable injury to a prospect, who they merely argued, should have been given the chance to make the team.

    This is pretzel logic, dude.

  6. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    repost

    yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:27 pm
    They rule 5?d him. He’s not hairy enough, and he is not on the 40 man. And he’ll likely get hurt again… but as a call up, he is a better OF utility player on both sides of the ball than anyone else we have (mlb-ready) available right now.
    ___
    But we’d just go outside the system again if Gardner or Grandy get injured so…

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    So long Abe, we hardly knew ye:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdsYiJcehs0

  8. Jerkface February 13th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I think you both are overrating Abe. Gardner was better at the same age at the same level as Almonte, and better at every other level. I highly doubt Abe ends up being a more talented brett gardner in the major leagues.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    They rule 5?d him. He’s not hairy enough, and he is not on the 40 man. And he’ll likely get hurt again… but as a call up, he is a better OF utility player on both sides of the ball for than anyone else we have available right now.
    ///

    Yes, he’d have been a nice player to have as an option. I wish him luck and good health.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Jerkface, I’m not over rating Abe. He’s got some weapons, nobody said he was a superstar. He’s a better offensive player than Gardner, because he’s got a better hit tool. He’s also a good defender, and is a better instinctive base stealer, IMO. He can’t stay healthy, however, or at least he has not. Maybe that’s part of why he’s gone; they don’t think he’ll be able to play his style and last long. It’s still an unfortunate loss IMO, because this team is so very starved for decent young players.

  11. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Abe’s big issue has been injuries.

    Chip, Abe is solely a CF; Zoilo will never play CF for us. Melky Mesa on the other hand has ability and pop, but still struggles with breaking pitches and K’s a ton even with the improvement. I doubt Yanks see any of them as regulars, but we’ll see.

  12. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    As for David Adams, I doubt Yanks see him as a regular at 3B because of his lack of pop.

  13. Chip February 13th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    JF

    It’s not a matter of what Abe Almonte’s talent level is. It’s more a systemic issue that Cashman would rather have a 28-year old middle reliever that he doesn’t need than see what he might have in a 23-year old switch hitting OF that he might need.

  14. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Man oh man, is there no joy around here that they’re going to be playing baseball in less than a couple of weeks? That we have a pretty good team that could maybe win it all? That it’s going to be an exciting season?

    I must be too obtuse to mourn. Maybe I’ve seen too much mournful stuff. But I still know what joy is.

  15. Yankee Trader February 13th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Yankees acquire Shawn Kelley for Abe Almonte
    By Mike Axisa
    The Yankees have acquired right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley from the Mariners for minor league outfielder Abe Almonte. More to come later, but quick analysis: excellent deal. Kelley’s a hard-throwing and capable reliever (with a minor league option remaining!) while Almonte was a spare part in a crowded outfield picture. The Yankees will need to clear a 40-man roster spot, but they should be able to stick someone on the 60-day DL .

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Chip, that’s also a valid point, although I admittedly know nothing about this righty.
    ///

    First Jesus and now, Abraham. Heretics! :)

  17. Chip February 13th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Abe’s big issue has been injuries.

    Chip, Abe is solely a CF; Zoilo will never play CF for us. Melky Mesa on the other hand has ability and pop, but still struggles with breaking pitches and K’s a ton even with the improvement. I doubt Yanks see any of them as regulars, but we’ll see.
    ——————–
    You’re probably right. But let’s look at the history here – the Yankees didn’t see Austin Jackson as a regular because he strikes out too much, didn’t see Montero as a regular because of his defense, don’t see Adams or Joseph as regulars because of their lack of power, don’t see Nunez as a regular because of his glove, don’t see Zolio or Mesa as regulars…don’t see Romine as a regular because he needs more time….

    At some point an organization needs to have the b*lls to put these guys in and see if they can be regulars despite their fears about their weaknesses.

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Thank goodness there’s no “Gary” in the bible, at least I think there isn’t. I wouldn’t necessarily know, having never read it all the way through ;)

  19. Rich in NJ February 13th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    tom

    As always, I hope for the best, but I see this team as the opposite of exciting. The most compelling stories are legacies, and that’s nice, but nothing more.

    But if you believe otherwise, that’s cool too.

  20. Jerkface February 13th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    He’s a better offensive player than Gardner, because he’s got a better hit tool.

    Ehhh probably not. If that were true he’d be hitting for a higher average and more power than Gardner. He isn’t. He strikes out more than Gardner did in the minors. Walks less. His best showings were in the DSL and GCL which is typically where toolboxes like Abe peak if they falter in development.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Rich, want excitement? C’mon down to Trenton! Your ticket will only cost you $12., though you might have some 9-year old kid kicking the back of your chair throughout the game.

  22. Jerkface February 13th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    It’s not a matter of what Abe Almonte’s talent level is. It’s more a systemic issue that Cashman would rather have a 28-year old middle reliever that he doesn’t need than see what he might have in a 23-year old switch hitting OF that he might need.

    Well if they had an extra minor league team I could see the case for keeping Almonte, but they need roster spots in AA & AAA for real prospects.

  23. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Chip, I get what you are saying, but Jackson and Montero are elite prospects regardless of what the Yanks thought (or “mis-thought”) about them. They are a megacut above these players and anyone who thinks otherwise hasn’t watched them play enough. Each of the other players you named have their attributes, but with qualifiers.

  24. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Generally, AAA isn’t for real prospects; it’s for replacement level players…

  25. Chip February 13th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Lots of professionals are saying this was a good pick up for the Yankees and Kelley does have good career numbers (128 IP, 3.52 ERA, 39 BB, 122 K, 1.25 WHIP) and his home/road splits are virtually the same so it’s not just a SAFECO thing.

    Like I said, if the plan is to use their bullpen depth to facilitate a deal for a right handed hitting fourth outfielder who can, you know, field (unlike Rivera or Diaz), then this is a good deal and mazel tov to Brian. If however this is just adding more depth to a position that didn’t need more depth then I would rather have Almonte playing in Scranton than Kelley.

  26. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    @jonmorosi

    Felix Hernandez’s contract will include 8th season at $1MM if he sustains specific elbow injury, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.

    @jonmorosi

    Felix would need to miss approx. 120-130 days within one season or consecutive seasons in order for clause to activate, sources say.

    @jonmorosi

    The 8th year on Hernandez’s contract would be a $1 million team option in this event.

  27. Chip February 13th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Chip, I get what you are saying, but Jackson and Montero are elite prospects regardless of what the Yanks thought (or “mis-thought”) about them. They are a megacut above these players and anyone who thinks otherwise hasn’t watched them play enough. Each of the other players you named have their attributes, but with qualifiers.
    ———————-

    I don’t deny that – but I would rather see the Yankees give these guys a chance, warts and all, then deal them all off and replace them with guys Juan Rivera and Andruw Jones.

  28. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Rich,
    The games are exciting to me, seeing how the season plays out is exciting to me, seeing how the roster sets up is exciting to me, seeing how the “legacies” play is exciting, too. The indictments of management, going on as long as I’ve been around here, don’t excite me. The proof is in the pudding, and we’re around at the end every year. I trust we will be again, and that’s exciting.

  29. Chip February 13th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Generally, AAA isn’t for real prospects; it’s for replacement level players…
    —————-

    Not every player who makes it to the show is a real prospect. Guys like Zolio Almonte, Melky Mesa, David Adams – they might not be stars but no where is it written that you need stars at every spot.

  30. Jerkface February 13th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Generally, AAA isn’t for real prospects; it’s for replacement level players…

    Many real prospects play in AAA. It is true that it doesn’t have to be a necessary stop, but if you have lots of real prospects then yes it is, its simple roster economics.

  31. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    If anyone from AAA is going to get a shot at the OF you gotta believe it will be Mesa since they actually let him take an AB or two last year.

  32. Jerkface February 13th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Just because AAA often has older guys or minor league contract guys, doesn’t make it a place for replacement level players. A->AA is the important jump in terms of assessing ability, but its not like EVERY guy in the majors goes AA->Majors. Most play in AAA. The Yankees need the spots for slade, austin, williams, flores, zoilo, mesa, mustelier, etc.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Ehhh probably not. If that were true he’d be hitting for a higher average and more power than Gardner. He isn’t. He strikes out more than Gardner did in the minors. Walks less. His best showings were in the DSL and GCL which is typically where toolboxes like Abe peak if they falter in development.
    ///

    He’s been hurt like every year. He’s got better swing mechanics than Gardner. Goes opposite better, drives the ball deeper….just a better hitter. I don’t think that’s saying quite he’s a star though, to say he’s a better pure hitter.

  34. Jerkface February 13th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I don’t think that’s saying quite he’s a star though, to say he’s a better pure hitter.

    He might have better ‘tools’, doesn’t make him a better hitter. He doesn’t hit as well as Gardner!

  35. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Yanks usually use AAA for replacement level. As the lower ranks move up, maybe that will change because of the numbers, but AAA is more used for pitchers evolution than for position players.

    Chips, qualifiers = Don’t forget their D. Adams is very good hitter, but will Yanks not only think he has enough pop to play 3rd but also enough range to stay there? Corban has a sweet bat, but not athletic at all. So, in those two cases, it isn’t just pop, but D (especially in Joseph’s case; Adams has actually looked pretty good defensively the few times I have seen him play 3B). I too would prefer they take risks and see how Mesa and Zoilo produce vs. the Juan Rivera’s and A.Jones’s of the world, but it is what it is.

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Shame, Mesa can neither hit nor ignore breaking balls.

    It’s a shame, because he’s got lots of power and is a super defender with a cannon.

  37. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    *Chip (should have read unless Joe G. has given you a nickname other than Chippy ;) )

  38. J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    He has better hitting talent. Happy?

  39. Chip February 13th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Jerkface -

    My guess prior to this year was that the AAA lineup was going to be:

    C – Cervelli
    1b – Dan Johnson
    2b – CoJo
    3b – Adams
    SS – Nix
    LF – Mesa
    CF – Almonte
    RF – Almonte
    DH – Mustellier

    Maybe dealing Almonte puts Mustellier in the OF and Luke Murton gets the DH or 1b spot – who knows…

  40. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 13th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Shame, Mesa can neither hit nor ignore breaking balls.

    ————————-

    Oh I don’t think he’ll get a real shot either lol.. I’m just saying we have a couple AAA OFers that could be mediocre/bad on the club offensively speaking but still give you good D (which they certainly might need).

    I certainly hope Abe gets a shot and does well with the M’s but I don’t see moving him as a big issue with Mesa and Other Almonte around to plug in if things get desperate.

  41. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    “Not every player who makes it to the show is a real prospect. Guys like Zolio Almonte, Melky Mesa, David Adams – they might not be stars but no where is it written that you need stars at every spot.”
    _____
    I am not even referring to these players, who are a cut above and are real prospects if not the most elite ones; I refer to the perennial AAA types like the Chad Curtis’s, Reegie Corona’s and even Chris Dickerson’s of the world.

  42. Chip February 13th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Yankeefem…

    Oh I truly hope he hasn’t.

    Like I said, if I read in the next couple of weeks the Yankees used this deal to facilitate another deal my disappointment in it will be gone. If they just did it for the sake of adding another reliever to the AAA roster then I’m going to say it’s a dumbass move.

  43. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    “Other” Almonte is a COF; Abe is a CF. Yanks would never play Zoilo in CF.

  44. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I know nada about Shawn Kelly, and really don’t think Abe was in their plans, but Abe if healthy would be useful as a utility type who provides a decent AB, good D and speed. Kelly make work out well for us though. Except I would rather we make a more significant move; we do have bullpen options.

    And Abe does have a nice bat. He is a very good hitter for a CF.

  45. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    *may

  46. Chip February 13th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    “Not every player who makes it to the show is a real prospect. Guys like Zolio Almonte, Melky Mesa, David Adams – they might not be stars but no where is it written that you need stars at every spot.”
    _____
    I am not even referring to these players, who are a cut above and are real prospects if not the most elite ones; I refer to the perennial AAA types like the Chad Curtis’s, Reegie Corona’s and even Chris Dickerson’s of the world.
    —————–

    Yeah but at the same time, last year the Yankees had a slew of guys who were playing well at AA and could/should have been brought up to AAA but instead the AAA roster was stacked with Dickerson, McDonald, Fukudome, Branyan, Cust, etc…

  47. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    “Other” Almonte is a COF; Abe is a CF. Yanks would never play Zoilo in CF.

    ———————-

    Well.. no.. but they already have 2 CFs on the club. The chances of both going down are pretty slim.

  48. Jerkface February 13th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Unless he makes it to the Mariners 40 man, the Yankees can just re-sign Almonte as a minor league free agent next offseason.

  49. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Chip, but that is what I am saying. Yanks M.O. is to leave replacement level players in AAA. They finally moved Mesa up to AAA. Zoilo was still working on some things in AA, but could have been moved up. Flores and Austin moved up to AA at playoff time, but both especially Flores should have been moved up after the ASB.

  50. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    Felix yearly salaries: $19M, $22M, $24M, $25M, $26M, $26M, $27M.

  51. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Shame, I am just differentiating between COF and CF. People tend to assume Zoilo can/will play CF, but he really cannot. Those guys aren’t interchangeable, just like Heathcott and Mason aren’t interchangeable with Austin, which people were conflating in the ill-fated non-deal for JUps.

  52. RadioKev February 13th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Seems like a good little move to me.

    Jerkface, is Cashman apologizing for the Kontos trade?

  53. Ghostwriter February 13th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    It seems like a nice move to me too.

  54. yankeefeminista February 13th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Chip, as per your AAA lineup. Mesa should play CF not LF.

  55. comnsnse February 14th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Folks, A Almonte has never been as highly rated as Z.

    And frankly if either were deemed to be a can’t miss prospect they would already have been considered. Z is a switch hitter with some power and other tools whereas A bats RH and has always been thought of as the lesser prospect.

    Of course one must always factor in this organization’s view of prospects!

    As several posters have already mentioned this is a depth move for both clubs.

  56. Duh Innings II February 14th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    3 to 1 strikeouts to walks ratio, nice.

    ‘Not too crazy about his WHIP but he could be something if he cuts down on his walks.

    Kelley is yet another contender for the final slot in the bullpen to go with Phelps and Eppley et.al.

    This move, albeit a minor one, gives them further bullpen depth – too bad they couldn’t hold on to Mickey Storey and his 34 SO in 30.1 IP in 2012.


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