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Yankees announce Lyle Overbay signing

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

As first reported by Erik Boland, the Yankees have signed Lyle Overbay to a minor league deal. Here’s the official announcement from the Yankees.

The New York Yankees today announced they have signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract. He is expected to join the team at Major League spring training at Steinbrenner Field.

Overbay, 36, was batting .220 (9-for-41) with five runs, one double, two triples and seven RBI in 19 spring training contests as a non-roster invitee with the Boston Red Sox before being released earlier today.

In 2012, the left-handed batter combined to hit .259 (30-for-116) with two home runs and 10 RBI in 65 games between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves.

Overbay has hit .270 (1,188-for-4,399) with 133 home runs and 581 RBI in 1,324 career games with Arizona (2001-03), Milwaukee (2004-05), Toronto (2006-10), Pittsburgh (2011), Arizona (2011-12) and Atlanta (2012). Along with Miguel Cabrera, Raul Ibanez, Albert Pujols, Mark Teixeira and Michael Young, he was one of only six Major League players to hit at least 30 doubles in each of seven straight seasons from 2004-10. Since 2004, his 290 doubles rank fourth among Major League first baseman.

He owns a .995 career fielding pct. at first base (59 errors in 11,227 total chances), the seventh-highest mark among Major League first basemen with at least 1,000 games played at the position since 2003. Since 2004, he has appeared in 1,147 games at first base, the fourth-most such contests in the Majors behind only Pujols (1,330), Teixeira (1,304) and Paul Konerko (1,157).

Originally selected by the Diamondbacks in the 18th round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, Overbay has batted .311 (19-for-61) with three home runs in 18 games at the current Yankee Stadium.

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136 Responses to “Yankees announce Lyle Overbay signing”

  1. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Better him than Dan Johnson

  2. Mike in Harrisburg March 26th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    It’s becoming self-parody.

  3. MG March 26th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I’d rather have Overbay than Rivera to play 1st base, at least he can field and it gives them a chance to play Mustelier at 3rd against lefties.

    Right now Mustelier won’t make the team, most likely, if Rivera does so everyone who likes ‘Musty’ should hope Overbay hits the crap out of the ball for a few days.

  4. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    They dont have all the space for these guys. They can’t have 20 platoon players. Get a guy with some upside like Mustelier in there. He has hit RHP and LHP in the minors.

  5. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    You take Mustelier north, he can play 3B and OF.
    You pick 1 *ONE* of Rivera / Overbay
    You then pick between Francisco and Boesch

    Rivera shouldnt even be playing first, gosh.

    With mustelier Nix goes to AAA because he cant opt out. Same with Francisco if he isn’t picked.

  6. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    I really am not understanding why the Yankees can’t put Tex and Grandy on 60 day DL retroactively. Anyone understand the rules?

    ——————

    I think it’s a rule designed to prevent teams from doing exactly what the Yankees are trying to do

  7. joeman March 26th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I’m so excited…Yankees officially acquire OF Vernon Wells , money well spent & now Overbay…..all this money they spent on crap this off-season I didn’t add it all up but they could have signed themselves someone who was worth it…

  8. MG March 26th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    from memory Overbay is a pretty good 1st baseman and Rivera is a barber pole out there, neither one is going to hit a ton so they might as well play the good glove and have some late inning defensive flexibility.

  9. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I think it’s a rule designed to prevent teams from doing exactly what the Yankees are trying to do

    it doesnt make sense if Jeter is allowed to back date the 60 day and grandy/tex aren’t. That rule has to be there to stop players who get hurt in spring to miss more of the season than is necessary.

  10. MG March 26th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Mustelier has earned his spot this spring, it would be just wrong to not have him on the roster on opening day…

  11. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:22 pm
    They dont have all the space for these guys. They can’t have 20 platoon players. Get a guy with some upside like Mustelier in there. He has hit RHP and LHP in the minors.

    —————————

    My thing is that when you look at the lineup you really need to protect Kevin Youkilis from injury. Wouldn’t the team be better served playing him at 1b where he’s likely to stay healthier than at 3b?

  12. Wave Your Hat March 26th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    As much as I hate the situation, Overbay was a no brainer at this point. They need a first baseman who can play first.

  13. UpState March 26th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    with Musty being the ‘greatest’ thing we’ve had since Jeter….

    I’m sure all the other ML teams will be running, mumbling, and stumbling all over themselves to trade for him…

    So what ‘closer-to-prime-time’ player could we expect for the King of Must ?

    (there has to be a huge market for him now !)

  14. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Isnt it way past the decision deadline for Rivera being released / paid 100k ? Whats the news on that?

  15. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Looks like Overbay is on a minor league deal.. that’s good!

  16. Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    http://www.baseball-reference......abled_list

    At the bottom, it says they can only backdate 5 days.

    Still, what is it the Yankees are trying to do? They were hit with two major injuries and need to replace the players. They need open roster spots to do so.

    At the point the players come back you have to drop someone anyway.

  17. Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Jerkface i thought today was the deadline to pay him or release him. I assume they paid him.

  18. Yankee Trader March 26th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Yankee Trader March 26th, 2013 at 4:25 pm
    Chad

    The torn tendon sheath involves the bottom hand when he bats from the left side. I’ve enclosed a pretty interesting article of why I think Tex will need surgery to keep the ECU (extensor carpi ulnaris) from subluxing or dislocating when he tries to recover and swing the bat.

    I hope I’m wrong as my knowledge is only based on staying at a HIE last night!

    http://pinstripepundits.com/20.....njury.html

  19. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:24 pm
    I think it’s a rule designed to prevent teams from doing exactly what the Yankees are trying to do

    it doesnt make sense if Jeter is allowed to back date the 60 day and grandy/tex aren’t. That rule has to be there to stop players who get hurt in spring to miss more of the season than is necessary.

    —————

    Jeter’s not allowed to back date the 60 – he’s allowed to back date the 15; but that’s because you don’t put players on the 15 day DL in spring training.

    I think it’s a question of what rosters are in play – in spring training their is no 25 man roster so you don’t need to put a player on the 15 day DL to open a spot on it. The 40 man roster though is a year long thing and so you do have to use the 60 day DL in spring training

  20. MG March 26th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    The Yankees aren’t complete idiots, they will look at this roster and make sure it is balanced.

    To me it comes down to either Rivera or Mustelier, both of them (at least Mustelier can, Rivera takes up space) a corner infield spot and can play the outfield.

    If they keep Francisco it would seem to be the end for Boesch and vice versa.

    Nix has to make the team because they don’t have another SS or 2nd baseman.

    LoHud wants Mustelier, I’m sure most fans want him as well, now it’s up to the front office-if they take Rivera and he sucks then they would make a move anyway.

  21. blake March 26th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    @NotHankStein: Get your #Yankees tix early! W/addition of Wells & Overbay we’re loading up on players under 40 to have a young dynamic team this season!

  22. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:29 pm
    Isnt it way past the decision deadline for Rivera being released / paid 100k ? Whats the news on that?

    ——————-

    Deadline was today – since he’s in the lineup he was either paid the retainer or told he will be on the 25

  23. Yankee Trader March 26th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    The Red Sox released first baseman Lyle Overbay, tweets WEEI’s Alex Speier. Boston’s other choices were to put Overbay on the 25-man roster or pay him a $100K retention bonus to go to the minors.

  24. Vince March 26th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Hi,

    Quick question for anyone. How do you pronounce Ronnier Mustelier?

  25. Sir Harden Thick March 26th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I actually liked Rivera at first base this year. He has been 1 of the top 3 hitters for the Yankees this spring and he’s played very capable first base so far. Musty has played good but, Rivera has played better

  26. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    You’re right Chip, Jeter is going on the 15 day DL, but back dating works for both of them. But heres the thing, a player going on the 60 day DL in spring has no impact on the amount of time they have to spend on it in the majors, so functionally it should work the same as the 15 day DL.

    You go on the 60 March 1st you have to spend the same amount of time on it during the regular season as if you went on it March 30th.

    Both cases should allow backdating to the earliest possible time allowed for DL stints on players who do not play in major league ST games.

  27. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    So now you’re looking at a lineup vs. RHP of:

    Gardner – CF
    Ichiro – RF
    Cano – 2b
    Youk – 3b
    Hafner – DH
    Wells – LF
    Overbay – 1b
    Cervelli – C
    Nunez – SS

    and a bench of: Stewart, Nix, Rivera, Francisco.
    _______________________________________________

    Overbay is going to the minors as back up in case of injury.

    If he takes the place of a Musty, the uproar will be worse than with Wells.

  28. NYYROC March 26th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    That quote by Girardi makes me believe Mustlier will make the team. Musty 3B vs LHP w/Youk @ 1st. Youk @ 3B vs RHP w. Overbay @ 1st.

  29. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    My thing is that when you look at the lineup you really need to protect Kevin Youkilis from injury. Wouldn’t the team be better served playing him at 1b where he’s likely to stay healthier than at 3b?
    __

    That’s where Juan Rivera comes in.
    He can back up OF and 1b

  30. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    He has been 1 of the top 3 hitters for the Yankees this spring and he’s played very capable first base so far. Musty has played good but, Rivera has played better

    Not sure what games you’re watching, Rivera has been a butcher at first. No way has he played better than Mustelier. Mustelier has provided good defense at third and the OF this spring while hitting: .324 .378 .588 .967

    Rivera has been a butcher in the OF and at 1st and has hit: .316 .328 .404 .731

  31. Wave Your Hat March 26th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Can’t have a situation where Nunez is throwing to Rivera.

  32. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    MG -

    I think you’re right on Boesch – Wells is going to be the every day LF until Granderson is back and once Granderson comes back they won’t need another LH outfielder so I think they’ll probably let him go (big hairy monster that he is)

    Mustieler deserves the spot over Rivera but I think they’ll leave him in Scranton for when Rivera flames out. And, if Overbay is going to be the regular 1b, then I think it makes sense to take Rivera because we’ve got no idea if Mustelier can be a productive player in spot duty (lots of spring training superstars have failed at that)

    My guess is that the roster crunch prevents them from opening with a second lefty in the pen and that they’ll need to find spots for:

    Nix
    Rivera
    Overbay
    Wells
    Francisco

    The kid they picked up today will be DFA’ed so that’s one.

    Picking him up suggests that they want relievers in Scranton which makes me think that they’re going to pick up two rosters spots by ditching some combination of Aardsma/Eppley/Kelley – that’s 3 spots.

    For the last two – Brennen Boesch and Melky Mesa probably make the most sense given the team’s depth in minor league outfielders.

  33. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    “Keep your cheap youth, your productive stars!” cries he
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your DFAd refuse yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched redundancy of your teeming roster
    Send these, the homeless, overpriced and ancient
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  34. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    ac1 -

    I said it on the last thread – I don’t think Overbay opted out of his minor league deal with the Red Sox and signed one with the Yankees because he would rather be in Scranton than Pawtucket.

    My guess is that the Yankees told him he will be on the opening day roster.

  35. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    That quote by Girardi makes me believe Mustlier will make the team. Musty 3B vs LHP w/Youk @ 1st. Youk @ 3B vs RHP w. Overbay @ 1st.
    ___

    You cannot have Overbay, Musty, Rivera, Wells, etc…

    If Overbay makes the 25 man, there is ZERO chance Musty does too.

    Not with Nix and Nunez already playing the IF and the 10 million OF options.

  36. Russell Munson March 26th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    “I don’t think Overbay opted out of his minor league deal with the Red Sox and signed one with the Yankees because he would rather be in Scranton than Pawtucket.”

    Where do you see that he opted out? From what I’m reading, he was released by Boston.

  37. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    NYYROC March 26th, 2013 at 4:39 pm
    That quote by Girardi makes me believe Mustlier will make the team. Musty 3B vs LHP w/Youk @ 1st. Youk @ 3B vs RHP w. Overbay @ 1st.

    —————–

    Haven’t seen that quote but if it’s legit then I’m a happy camper. It would certainly indicate that Mustelier is in and Rivera is out.

  38. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    ac1 -

    I said it on the last thread – I don’t think Overbay opted out of his minor league deal with the Red Sox and signed one with the Yankees because he would rather be in Scranton than Pawtucket.

    My guess is that the Yankees told him he will be on the opening day roster.

    ___

    like I said, i don’t see a scenario that gets Musty on this team if Overbay is there too.

    Nix is a lock to make the team
    4th OF? Unless with Overbay, Juan Rivera is toast, which i dont see considering how he played in ST.

  39. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Oh and he didnt OPT OUT, he was released by Boston because he was due the roster bonus.

  40. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Girardi says Lyle Overbay will get to Tampa tonight, and theyll try to figure out whether its him or Juan Rivera at 1b over next few day
    ____

    Seems like it may be Rivera or Overbay.
    That may be good news for Musty.

  41. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Russell Munson March 26th, 2013 at 4:46 pm
    “I don’t think Overbay opted out of his minor league deal with the Red Sox and signed one with the Yankees because he would rather be in Scranton than Pawtucket.”

    Where do you see that he opted out? From what I’m reading, he was released by Boston.

    ——————–

    I’m assuming that this was a situation similar to the one with Matt Diaz here – rather than give him $100k bonus to sit in the minors the Red Sox released him so he could find a big league job. Happens a lot with veterans who aren’t going to make the 25 towards the end of spring training on minor league deals.

  42. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    jerkface, one of the things I just read said that you cannot go back more than 5 days. But it’s written so cryptically, who the heck knows?

    I think the baseball rules need a major re-write.

    Thats for the regular season though. ST clearly works differently as time on the 60 DL during ST does not count and theres no 15 day DL. If the rules say they can backdate to March 22nd I;d think that would apply to everyone. Probably has to do with a week time from the last game being played. Friday is the final day, so makes sense.

    One of the issues here is that the DL rules are not posted anywhere and are not part of the CBA. Theres some DL stuff, but not anything about this procedural crap. I like having an official document that spells it out.

  43. MG March 26th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    so what is worse, the Yankees picking up available position players to fill in or having guys like Sidney Ponson, Matt DiSalvo, Kei Igawa, and Darrell Rasner sometimes pitching in the rotation like they did during the 2007-2008 time frame?

  44. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    ___

    like I said, i don’t see a scenario that gets Musty on this team if Overbay is there too.
    —————–

    If the quote attributed to Girardi’s on the level that he would consider Overbay at 1b and Youk at 3b against RHP and Youk at 1b and Mustelier at 3b against LHP that could be a great sign for Ronnier’s chances.

  45. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    so what is worse, the Yankees picking up available position players to fill in or having guys like Sidney Ponson, Matt DiSalvo, Kei Igawa, and Darrell Rasner sometimes pitching in the rotation like they did during the 2007-2008 time frame?
    ____

    one is not different than the other.
    2008 we didnt make the playoffs, so that is not something that will make anyone happier.

  46. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Though I’m waiting for Brian to describe Lyle as a “big hairy monster” what with his 2 homeruns last year.

  47. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    If the quote attributed to Girardi’s on the level that he would consider Overbay at 1b and Youk at 3b against RHP and Youk at 1b and Mustelier at 3b against LHP that could be a great sign for Ronnier’s chances.

    Where is the quote?

  48. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    There are reasons why Angels were willing to get rid of Wells, why Boston chose to dump Overbay, why Boesch, Francisco and co were dumped by their teams. In overbay’s case, he wasnt good enough to be on boston’s 25, but he is for us?

    Boston may be the only team that looks worse than us in the AL east to start the year.
    From what i read, overbay looked bad this spring too (unless that was a comment here)

  49. Ed Whitson March 26th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Another piece of deadwood. This guy couldn’t beat out Mike Carp ? Mike Carp, seriously ?

  50. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    It’s just sad we have become the team that went from signing the best FAs to the team that takes rejects from any team that will provide them. The low point was definitely trying to get Derrek Lee out of retirement. The man hadn’t even played since 2011.

  51. mick March 26th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    when your 1B, Cf, SS and 3B go down, what do you expect them to do?
    they are scrambling to pick up spare parts not f/t solutions.
    get thru the 1st month, play 500 ball, call me in the morning…

  52. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    @MikeVacc 2m

    So can we just officially change his name to LOL Overbay? #Yankees

  53. Russell Munson March 26th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    “I’m assuming that this was a situation similar to the one with Matt Diaz here – rather than give him $100k bonus to sit in the minors the Red Sox released him so he could find a big league job. Happens a lot with veterans who aren’t going to make the 25 towards the end of spring training on minor league deals.”

    So you pulled the whole opted out thing out of your rear end?

  54. Yankee Trader March 26th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    JF
    Unfortunately two games where Musteliern would have had a lot of chances at third ( game vs Phillies with Cliff Lee and this past Sundays game) Youkilis played third and had about 4-5 chances in both.

    I didn’t get to see much of Ronnier at third. Still hope they take him North. With Jeter out, Mustelier is about the only righty bat that can hit to the opposite field.

  55. MG March 26th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    so what is worse, the Yankees picking up available position players to fill in or having guys like Sidney Ponson, Matt DiSalvo, Kei Igawa, and Darrell Rasner sometimes pitching in the rotation like they did during the 2007-2008 time frame?
    ____

    one is not different than the other.
    2008 we didnt make the playoffs, so that is not something that will make anyone happier.
    —————
    Igawa, DiSalvo, Rasner, and Tyler Clippard made a total of 30 starts for the Yankees in 2007 and they won 94 games and the division. Their combined ERA was between 5 and 6.

    this team has excellent pitching both in the rotation and in the bullpen. If they can score some runs consistently (and they should be able to do that, even with this lineup) they will be OK as long as the rotation holds up.

  56. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Maybe they’ll try Wells as the DH, Overbay at 1B, Youk at 3B and …Musty in the OF…?

  57. Vince March 26th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Seriously, I can’t find it anywhere. How do you pronounce “Ronnier Mustelier”?

  58. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Igawa, DiSalvo, Rasner, and Tyler Clippard made a total of 30 starts for the Yankees in 2007 and they won 94 games and the division. Their combined ERA was between 5 and 6.

    ___

    in 2007, arod his .300 something, 54 homeruns and 156 rbis.

  59. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Realistically, I’d think this rotation needs to have a collective ERA of a 4.00, max.

  60. mick March 26th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I don’t see where they need Boesch anymore and Musty can be the 4th OF instead of Francisco.
    If Overbay gets most of the AB’s against rightys, Rivera becomes moot as Youk moves to 1st and Musty to 3rd vs rightys.
    Francisco can be kept around to give Wells a rest.

    This puts the bench at Musty, Stewie, Nixie and Francisco.

  61. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Realistically, I’d think this rotation needs to have a collective ERA of a 4.00, max.
    ____

    to go .500?

  62. Russell Munson March 26th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    “How do you pronounce “Ronnier Mustelier”?”

    The ‘r’ in the last name is silent. Moose Tell Yay.

    I think Ronnier is pronounced Ronnier.

  63. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Seriously, I can’t find it anywhere. How do you pronounce “Ronnier Mustelier”?

    -

    Ronny-ay Moos-tel-eay

  64. Vince March 26th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you!

  65. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Could also be Ronnier, but I’ve heard booth.

  66. Russell Munson March 26th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    “Realistically, I’d think this rotation needs to have a collective ERA of a 4.00, max.”

    They had a collective ERA of 4.05 last year. Probably need to do better than that given the drop in offense.

  67. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    How do you pronounce “Ronnier Mustelier”?

    ———————–

    Roan-ee-air Moose-tell-ee-air

  68. Shame Spencer March 26th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    to go .500?

    —————-

    I think they can get 90 wins with that… But Munson makes a good point. I thought the ERA was a tick higher last year… eff.

  69. LGY March 26th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Money for Tex is money that was spent and accounted for. Now someone is handing the Yankees a check for $7 million because they broke Tex. The Yankees don’t need the $7 million, in their eyes it was already spent. So now they’re going to take this found money and spend it elsewhere – in this case on the Vernon Wells contract.

    There’s a car dealership in New Jersey that offers you $1,000 if you buy a car from them. Anyone with a brain realizes that the $1,000 they are giving you is just the money that you already spent on the car. But because you budgeted to spend X dollars on the car, the $1,000 becomes money that you invariably end up spending on something else.

    —————-

    That’s some pretty questionable accounting theory.

  70. austinmac March 26th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    No one has suggested anything about Mustelier’s ability other than he is likely better than the other options. Add Olt or someone like that and Musty can go to Scranton.

    It seems to me if he was going to be on the te he would play more.

  71. Yankee Trader March 26th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    2012 NYY team ERA 3.85

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/pitching

  72. Carly March 26th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 5:00 pm
    Igawa, DiSalvo, Rasner, and Tyler Clippard made a total of 30 starts for the Yankees in 2007 and they won 94 games and the division. Their combined ERA was between 5 and 6.

    ___

    in 2007, arod his .300 something, 54 homeruns and 156 rbis.

    And Hip Hip was the man! And Abreu I believe finished in the top 20 in MVP voting.

  73. PacoDooley March 26th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Really sad to see Exircado Cayones leave – best name in the Yankees system, and they have quite a few good names.

    Will be interesting to see what happens with the 40 man given that they haven’t cleared spaces. I think Mesa is likely to be removed.

  74. Ed Whitson March 26th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Heres how you pronounce :“Ronnier Mustelier”?

    Rajai Davis

  75. LGY March 26th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    It’s also not a particularly intelligent way to spend resources (unexpected or not).

    Every acquisition should be judged on it’s face. Using some roundabout bookkeeping to apply savings from Tex’s contract does not improve the logic behind acquiring Wells.

  76. Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Rrrron-i-ear Mus-tell-i-ear

  77. Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    2006 and 2007 were the two most disappointing season finishes…

    :(

  78. Carly March 26th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    2006 and 2007 were the two most disappointing season finishes…

    Game two of the 2006 ALDS still gets to me.

  79. justinxdance27 March 26th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    oh no the yankees dont have any Cayones …yes i know sorry guys

  80. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal 1m

    Sources: #Yankees will not receive credit on their 2014 luxury-tax payroll for Wells. The charge for him will simply be zero.

    If this is true its just a bad trade. Unnecessary.

  81. Russell Munson March 26th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    “2012 NYY team ERA 3.85″

    Shame said rotation, not team.

  82. Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    M_Marakovits Lyle Overbay just arrived at the field #yankees
    5 minutes ago ·

    ——

    That was quick.

  83. Deal With It March 26th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    The continued signings of fossils is just out of control. How sad that the NYY have sunk down to this level.

    Are they going to have a platoon system in place for every position player except 2B ?

  84. Deal With It March 26th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Bronx Jeers March 26th, 2013 at 5:29 pm
    M_Marakovits Lyle Overbay just arrived at the field #yankees
    5 minutes ago ·

    ——

    That was quick.

    ————-

    Cuz BoSux camp is also in FL. ?

  85. theREALkevin March 26th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I honestly think the Yankee front office is just trolling the fans at this point

  86. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    @McCulloughSL

    Lyle Overbay says he has a potential out in his contract for Friday. Gonna be a wild three days.

  87. fantasygame101 March 26th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    with wells and overbay, the Yankees defense has already improve. A lefty 3b would has a good glove would have been ideal.

  88. Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    If he’s only got 3 days to prove himself, I guess he’ll get some playing time tonight at some point.

    Gonna have to watch this game from start to finish, something I haven’t done all spring.

  89. NYY_Girl_Penny March 26th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    The truth is that Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t know a thing about his players or the game of baseball. It’s completely obvious he is a joke.

  90. PRDENTIST March 26th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Major League Baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement contains a provision that allows certain free agents who are signed to minor league contracts to receive a $100K retention bonus if they are not on the team’s 25-man roster or the Major League disabled list five days prior to the season.

    Free agents who qualify for this distinction are those who have at least six years of Major League service time and had a Major League contract expire at the end of the previous season, but signed a minor league deal ten or more days prior to Opening Day.

    MLBTR has confirmed with MLB that the deadline for teams to decide on these players is today at 11am central time. By the deadline, teams with these players in camp need to decide whether to:
    •Add the player to their 25-man roster or Major League disabled list (or agree to do so in writing).
    •Grant the player his outright release from the minor league contract so that he may pursue opportunities with other teams.
    •Pay the player a $100K retention bonus to keep him in the organization beyond the deadline and send him to the minors.

  91. UnKnown March 26th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    You all know that Wells is going YARD tonight right?

    I mean was there ever more of a Lohud jinx.

    Hopefully when he does the “Optimistic” crowd doesn’t wet their pants too bad.

  92. Deal With It March 26th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Overbay is so outta here, what a waste of 3 days.

    Figures ………………..

  93. PRDENTIST March 26th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Here’s the latest news from around the league on Article XX(B) signees and their roster statuses with their respective teams (newest updates on top). We’ve yet to hear about Miguel Olivo.
    •Austin Kearns and Casey Kotchman made the Marlins’ 25-man roster, according to the team.
    •Mets reliever Tim Byrdak will report to the minors and take the $100K retention bonus, MLBTR has learned. Byrdak is returning from August shoulder surgery.
    •The Rangers told Derek Lowe that he has made the team as a reliever, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
    •Chad Gaudin’s contract was purchased and added to the Giants’ roster, tweets Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com.
    •Chad Qualls made the Marlins’ bullpen, MLBTR has learned.
    •With Brandon Gomes being optioned to Triple-A, it looks like reliever Jamey Wright has made the Rays, tweets Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. The Rays have told both Wright and Juan Carlos Oviedo they will be added to the roster, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Oviedo had Tommy John surgery in September, so I imagine he’ll land on the 60-day disabled list.
    •The Pirates have committed to keeping Brandon Inge on the roster, tweets Sanserino, though he may start the season on the DL after being hit by a pitch.
    •Reliever Pedro Feliciano accepted a minor league assignment from the Mets, tweets Marc Carig of Newsday, so he’ll snag the $100K retention bonus.
    •Jonathan Sanchez made the Pirates’ rotation, tweets Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The 30-year-old posted a 4.73 ERA with a 1.11 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings this spring, but the Pirates saw something they liked.
    •Lyle Overbay and Aaron Cook were released by their respective teams today.

  94. Against All Odds March 26th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    YankeesWFAN Am told Yankees have released IF David Adams, appears to be 40-man roster move to add Vernon Wells.

    ————————————

    Outrage in 3…2…1

  95. PRDENTIST March 26th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I wonder why Juan Rivera is not listed.

  96. austinmac March 26th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Understand please that everyone wants Wells and Overbay to do well. We look at stats for the past couple years and doubt it is realistic. I sure hope Otis possible.

  97. waka flocka March 26th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    this team is absolutely ridiculous. hard to root for at this point.

  98. blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    @mikeaxisa: wut RT: @YankeesWFAN: Am told Yankees have released IF David Adams, appears to be 40-man roster move to add Vernon Wells.

    Hilarious

  99. blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Send a guy to the AFL….release him toake room for Vernon wells ….can’take this stuff up

  100. jr1212 March 26th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I’m sure Adams will be signed to a minor league contract….well at least I hope….

  101. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I’m sure Adams will be signed to a minor league contract….well at least I hope….

    Highly doubt he makes it through waivers. all he has done is hit in the minors, a team is going to claim him fast.

  102. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Who said we were overreacting to the 40 man mgt?

    Dont put tex on the 60 day but release adams?

    Worst managementnive ever seen

  103. Against All Odds March 26th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:29 pm
    Send a guy to the AFL….release him toake room for Vernon wells ….can’take this stuff up

    ————–

    Yankees love those vets

  104. blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Why can’t they just cut Cody Eppley instead of another useful position player

  105. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    No way he gets through waivers for them to sign him to minor league deal…..
    Mesa and almonte are next….. Watch

  106. blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    How many guys are they gonna lose to make room for spare parts?

  107. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Dont need eppley, dont need rapada, tex will not be back by june, etc….

  108. blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    @ShiDavidi: #BlueJays option Ricky Romero to Dunedin

    Interesting

  109. fantasygame101 March 26th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    David adams? and now the minors position players pool got worse. Yet eppley is still around for whatever reason. So is clay rapada.

  110. Sir Harden Thick March 26th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I think we will have 100 percent census on this board that this was a horrible move releasing Adams.

    I am calling it first……

    THE MARINERS WILL CLAIM ADAMS

    AND THERE GOES AN OPTION FOR 2B next year

  111. blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I just have no idea what the Yankees are doing anymore

  112. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    It gets harder to invest in a team that prefers to just fill roster spots with one year crap while releasing the future talent. Each one that goes, one year further from a new core…

  113. Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I think they moved Adams to third base.

  114. NYY_Girl_Penny March 26th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Last year Tex said, “We are underdogs ? We welcome the challenge” wonder what he calls the team this year ?

  115. Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I wish they hadn’t done it, but Adams has not been healthy for a long time.

  116. ac1 March 26th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 6:41 pm
    I think they moved Adams to third base.

    Ok then they lost a potential third baseman for the future

  117. Sir Harden Thick March 26th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    What’s funny is that if Adams was healthy he probably makes the 25.

  118. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Doreen – Adams was completely healthy last year and he crushed it in AFL – he missed spring training but this was just stupid – predictable but stupid.

  119. tomingeorgia March 26th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Mesa is a Jungle Jim Rivera on his best day. Just dropping in before watching the game. ope all is well with you all.

  120. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I wish they hadn’t done it, but Adams has not been healthy for a long time.

    He got 400 PA this year between the regular season and the AFL. Thats not ‘full time’ but it ain’t ‘walkin wounded’. He is also one of our few position player prospects that has done nothing but hit at every level.

    Vernon Wells now costs 14 million + luxury tax in 2013 + david adams + those 2 nobodies

    He better hit 30 bombs

  121. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    AC -

    The problem with Adams at 3b is that he has zero power.

    To Cashman that means he’s got no use – never mind the fact that he would be a good number 2 hitter with his ability to put the ball in play and get on base.

  122. Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I stand corrected, then.

  123. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I would have much preferred cutting Mesa than Adams.

  124. blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    How do you send a guy to the AFL and then teleade them before the season starts ?

  125. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Hopefully Adams can be re-signed. Doubtful but hopeful

  126. NYY_Girl_Penny March 26th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:40 pm
    I just have no idea what the Yankees are doing anymore

    ——————-

    Me either ! Completely confused. Hearing Hal on Yes today just made me more restless and frustrated.

    Not for nothing but those that so this coming years ago were forced off the blog by people who didn’t see it coming. There’s still those here screaming “I am a Yankee fan no matter what” which is fine, but the fact that they are perpetuating ignorance is what annoys me.

  127. Jerkface March 26th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Doreen,

    He missed alot of 2011 coming back from the ankle injury, but the Yankees added him to the 40 man after that year so they were clearly serious about keeping him. I don’t know what about his .295 average and .370 OBP they disliked…

  128. Doreen March 26th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    If I had to choose between Adams and Mesa, I would have released Mesa.

    There was no one else?

    (They’ll never let pitching go, apparently)

  129. Chip March 26th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    How do you send a guy to the AFL and then teleade them before the season starts ?
    —————

    Only thing I can think of is that they think the injuries are going to keep piling up…that and his lack of power taints him to cashman

  130. Deal With It March 26th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    This is like a nightmare as they continue to stock guys who need to be in convalescent homes.

    Bye bye Adams, another one bites the dust.

    Why even have ml guys anymore ? 99% of them will never see YS as a Yankee player.

    Flippin pathetic

  131. NYY_Girl_Penny March 26th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Chip March 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    I would have much preferred cutting Mesa than Adams.

    —-

    What do you expect from the same group that tried to trade Cano how many times ? They have no idea what they got or don’t have. #Ulcer

  132. UtilityMan March 26th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Should have sent hafner packing….half a player…waste of 25 man spot…

  133. MG March 26th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    If the Yankees released Adams to give Overbay a 3 day look it means they had no plans for him now or in the future. You can see it differently (I’ve never seen him so have no opinion) but that is their decision.

    There are a few pitchers who could have been released but maybe they are looking to make a trade and get something in return, we’ll have to wait and see.

    It’s hard to believe Eppley will make the team, he’s been awful all spring.

  134. fantasygame101 March 26th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    We claimed a reliever and release a position player on the same day. The minors do not have position players on the higher level, the proof is wells and overbay, yet they release adams who is their major league ready talent. Adding a reliever to the likes of Montgomery, whitley, etc is overdone.

  135. blake March 26th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I would have preferred to release one of these garbage relievers they have hogging up 40 man spots like Eppley

  136. randy l. March 26th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    “How many guys are they gonna lose to make room for spare parts?”

    blake-

    cashman reminds me of my grandfather up in down east maine when i was a kid.

    he lived way up north of bar harbor and was a fisherman/lobsterman.

    he had like 6 old junk volkswagen beetles in various states of repair in his front yard along with the lobster traps and fishing gear. one worked at any one time. when something broke on one he switched parts around until he had one that worked.

    cashman is using a variant on that approach. if he could actually switch body parts on some of the junk players he’d have something. as it is, having 6 old guys is just taking up space preventing the yankees from bringing up the kids for the next generation run.

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