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Nuno and Mesa sent to minor league camp

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here are the moves of the day. Am I missing something or does this essentially guarantee that Brennan Boesch, Cody Eppley and Adam Warren will make the team (barring any last-minute addition)?

- Optioned OF Melky Mesa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

- Reassigned to minor league camp: RHPs Jim Miller, Preston Claiborne and Branden Pinder; LHPs Juan Cedeno, Vidal Nuno and Josh Spence; C Bobby Wilson; INFs Dan Johnson, Jose Pirela and Gil Velazquez; and OF Thomas Neal.

- Outrighted RHP Sam Demel to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

- RHP Danny Otero claimed off waivers by Oakland.

- Re-signed INF David Adams to a minor league contract.

- Designated RHP David Aardsma for assignment.

- INF Jayson Nix and OF Ben Francisco added to the 40-man roster.

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66 Responses to “Nuno and Mesa sent to minor league camp”

  1. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    In 2 weeks, with Tex still uncertain, I’d like to see this:

    1B – Youk / Overbay
    2B – Cano / Nix
    SS – Nunez / Nix
    3B – Mustelier / Nix
    LF – Wells / Mustelier
    CF – Gardner
    RF – Ichiro / Mustelier
    DH – Hafner / Boesch
    C – Cervelli / Stewart

    Youk, Cano, Nunez, Wells, Gardner, Ichiro, Hafner, Cervelli, Stewart, Mustelier, Nix, Boesch, Overbay

    12 pitchers (CC/Andy/Kuroda/Phelps/Hughes – Mo/Drob/Joba/Kelley/Logan/Rapada(Eppley until healthy)/Warren) Phelps or Nova to AAA to stay stretched out.

  2. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I wonder who is being dropped off the 40 to make room for Francisco and Nix…

  3. MG March 29th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I’m glad they sent Nuno down to start, putting him in the ‘pen as the second lefty or long guy is a waste of time and resources.

    He also struggled the two times I saw him relieve, his stuff and command might work much better as a starter.

  4. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Oh wait they outrighted Sam Demel, so still need 1 more spot.

  5. Chad Jennings March 29th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:06 pm e
    Oh wait they outrighted Sam Demel, so still need 1 more spot.

    Aardsma is the other spot. Still have to open a spot for Overbay, though.

  6. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Aardsma is the other spot. Still have to open a spot for Overbay, though.

    I was counting Aardsma for Overbay! I’m on the edge of my seat for this last spot.

  7. Chad Jennings March 29th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:09 pm e
    Aardsma is the other spot. Still have to open a spot for Overbay, though.

    I was counting Aardsma for Overbay! I’m on the edge of my seat for this last spot.

    I would say Eppley, but that doesn’t really help them unless they’re going to carry a six-man bullpen, and I can’t see that happening.

  8. fantasygame101 March 29th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Musty is not in the list. He could be the 14th position player.

  9. Rich in NJ March 29th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Musty isn’t healthy, apparently.

  10. Yank 97 March 29th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Clippard for Albaladejo another in the long line of young players given up on because he was “excess” and we had “other guys who were in the pipeline better than him”. Same logic used for AJax, Tabata, Quintana, Kontos, Melky, IPK, Coke, Dunn, Montero, etc.

    Gary Sanchez is better than Montero, Romine is a better all-round catcher
    Hughes, Joba, Betances, Brackman, Banueols, Warren, DePaula, etc. better than IPK
    A-Jax wasn’t better than Gardner, Rafael Santana, Mesa, etc.

  11. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    @ChadMoriyama 2m

    Clayton Kershaw to sign extension with Dodgers for 8 years, $200 million, according to report http://www.chadmoriyama.com/20.....to-report/

  12. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    David Price is the only guy who is even close to a future yankee at this rate, hope he isn’t attached to that beard

  13. joeman March 29th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    ‘Til all my sleeves are stained red
    From all the truth that I’ve said
    Come by it honestly I swear
    Thought you saw me wink, no
    I’ve been on the brink, so

  14. jmv March 29th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Good evening, guys

    Just waiting for that last spot…

    “Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    David Price is the only guy who is even close to a future yankee at this rate, hope he isn’t attached to that beard”

    Hi, JF! Was that sarcasm? He said he LOVES his facial hair…

  15. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    jmv,

    Yes, I know he said that but he is going to be the only guy the Yankees can throw millions at :) Everyone else is coming off the board…

  16. jmv March 29th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I can’t believe Musty never had a shot… Joe should have kept that to himself

  17. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    @MLBRosterMoves 3s

    #Orioles reassign OF Chris Dickerson to Minor League camp.

    We should have swapped Ben Francisco for this guy

  18. Against All Odds March 29th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    David Price is the only guy who is even close to a future yankee at this rate, hope he isn’t attached to that beard

    ———————–

    Hopefully it will be CC part 2 but we all know waiting pitchers/players to hit the market is a gamble. Here’s hoping some of the kids come through by then.

  19. yankee21 March 29th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Best Yankee news of the day for me is David Adams re-signing with NY. I hope he is in his right mind to do this. It was a stupid gamble by NY unless you want to believe there was a handshake agreement. Always possible I guess. And with Cashman’s track record I will continue to believe he made a bad decision until proven otherwise. Regarding Cashman that is the default position I take.

    I’m not afraid to admit though when I believe NY makes good moves, for example I think it was the right move grabbing and retaining Overbay over Rivera and the right move sending Nuno down to AAA to continue developing as a SP.

    If Mustelier is healthy a further right move would be to keep him on the roster until Jeter returns. This way you can have a 1B against RHP in Overbay and against LHP, Youk, with Musty getting the reps at third against LHP.

    Although he had a good spring, Francisco has little to offer that can’t be found elsewhere. So I would have released him if Musty is not healthy. Mesa had a lousy spring and to me he is not a big-league hitter.

    A good move also was the release of Aardsma, he did nothing to get the job.

  20. joeman March 29th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    “Torre thinks he is the toast of the town because he navigated an inferior team through a butter-soft NL West this year. Truth is he couldn’t take the pressure anymore and he preferred a fan-base that could care less about baseball.”

    From another thread. I agree with that. We all have to acknowledge there are at least two schools of thought on Torre leaving NY, and members of those two schools are equally convinced about their positions. I can understand the perspective of the people who feel Torre was shooed out. I don’t agree with it and think he took the easy way out, just as I believe that the Yankees probably should have canned him after the Detroit series and didn’t. His popularity was definitely at a low when he opted out, so nobody had to be afraid of a public relations storm (other than the one Torre himself created.)

    My opinion – one that has been echoed by enough other posters on this forum for it to be at least considered one way to look at the situation.

    I agree with Rebecca that the only way that departing Yankee Stadium would have felt really great was with a world series victory. Other than that, and having attended the last game, they couldn’t have done it much better than they did that night. Disappointing season? Sure. But so were the last three under Torre despite making the playoffs.

    To me it’s all good. Yes I will always be an optimist and find good in situations, but I am also realistic enough to know that perfection just doesn’t exist and so when you catch glimpses of sweetness, you embrace them rather than try to find one bitter grain that may exist.

    We root for one hell of a team. We’ve been spoiled. Don’t let a down year distort your perspective to the point that you feel that unless you can go entirely negative you’ve given up your fandom. Life ain’t perfect. Learn to roll with the puches and be thankful for all the good moments this organization has brought you.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

    Off to a meeting so if you respond it will be a while before I can offer back.

  21. Sir Harden Thick March 29th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Big LOL when this whole board was CRYING about Adams being released. It turns out Cashman had a plan.

  22. jmv March 29th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    “Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    jmv,

    Yes, I know he said that but he is going to be the only guy the Yankees can throw millions at Everyone else is coming off the board…”

    Got it.

    I guess at some point the lesser market teams won’t be able to retain all their homegrown stars, but you got to have the pieces to access those trades the year previous to free agency

  23. yankee21 March 29th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    AOO

    I think TB trades Price for a haul ahead of Free Agency. That is the TB way.

  24. Sir Harden Thick March 29th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Against All Odds says:
    March 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm
    Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    David Price is the only guy who is even close to a future yankee at this rate, hope he isn’t attached to that beard

    ———————–

    Hopefully it will be CC part 2 but we all know waiting pitchers/players to hit the market is a gamble. Here’s hoping some of the kids come through by then.

    —————

    I am pretty sure that price said in an interview he would not want to play for the Yankees because of the rules they have.

  25. joeman March 29th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Wave Your Hat October 8th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
    John McGraw could have been our manager this year and we would still have lost. Blaming Girardi or the veteran’s lack of desire is flat out wrong.

    In order, we lost because Posada, Wang, Chamberlain and Matsui went down. We lost because Melky and Cano had bad years. We lost because there was nobody to replace Hughes and Kennedy when they disappointed.

    All the grit in the world and coaching genius in the world wasn’t going to help.

  26. Doreen March 29th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    And then Price kinda sorta rescinded that statement. :)

  27. Against All Odds March 29th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    yankee21 March 29th, 2013 at 7:08 pm
    AOO

    I think TB trades Price for a haul ahead of Free Agency. That is the TB way.

    ——————–

    True I guess the real question is will the team trading for Price ask for a window to sign him? Or does he text the market?

  28. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I think Price hits the market. He could always get an extension, but I think he gets traded, its too close to free agency, he goes to market.

  29. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    This could be one of the scariest photos you’ll see this season.

    “@Trouty20: Great new facility at dodger stadium but paints still a little fresh! #precautionary @thejoshhamilton http://twitter.com/Trouty20/st.....photo/1”

  30. joeman March 29th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Just The Way You Look Tonight…..

  31. mick March 29th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    so no need for the 2nd lefty, where did spence go?
    warren the long man till hughes takes phelps job .

  32. jmills March 29th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Hey, jmv, how are you?! I have a Ferrari just for you :)

  33. joeman March 29th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    little Michael Bublé on with a little vino…

  34. mick March 29th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    i’ll leave you two alone….

  35. joeman March 29th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I’ve been so many places in my life and times

  36. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    When Hughes comes back I’m hoping Nova is the odd man out. I like Phelps a bit more than him due to the control, despite the stuff disparity. I’d send Nova down to AAA. If Phelps is struggling and Nova is the one pitching well I’d do the reverse. Either way they gotta go down to AAA.

    Keep Warren as the long man. He has back to back 150 IP seasons under his belt, and doesn’t look like he has the same starter ceiling as Phelps or Nova, so if you’re going to commit to a guy to not get a lot of innings let it be Warren. We know Phelps and Nova can handle major league hitters, they don’t need the confidence boost from the bullpen stint. They need to get their innings so that in 2014 you can say ‘David Phelps can give us 200 innings’.

    He needs 170-180 this year.

  37. Bronx Jeers March 29th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    So all the FAs are signing extensions and the one guy that’ll be available wont come because
    of some silly policy. And Cano’s extension is locked up somewhere in Hals safe.

    Is that about right?

  38. jmills March 29th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/K.....#038;rel=0

    Michelle Bubble!

  39. joeman March 29th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    mick March 29th, 2013 at 7:24 pm
    i’ll leave you two alone….
    ———————————
    I can multitask

  40. joeman March 29th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    jarome iginla…played games with my team

  41. RadioKev March 29th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    I think Price hits the market. He could always get an extension, but I think he gets traded, its too close to free agency, he goes to market.
    ———-

    I think maybe a trade/extension

  42. Chip March 29th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Chad Jennings March 29th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 6:09 pm e
    Aardsma is the other spot. Still have to open a spot for Overbay, though.

    I was counting Aardsma for Overbay! I’m on the edge of my seat for this last spot.

    I would say Eppley, but that doesn’t really help them unless they’re going to carry a six-man bullpen, and I can’t see that happening.
    ———-

    They can use Rondon as a 2nd lefty

  43. RadioKev March 29th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    He’s a question: at the trade deadline what would you prefer? A rental ace, or a rental position player star?

  44. Chip March 29th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Gotta love the timing of the Verlander contract coming out the same time that Johan Santana effectively sees his career come to an end.

  45. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    He is starting in AA, Chip. Apparently they want to see what he can do in the rotation with that fb/slider combo. Mike Axisa was suggesting its a bit of a waste of time given he only has 2 pitches and some control issues.

  46. joeman March 29th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    RadioKev March 29th, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    He’s a question: at the trade deadline what would you prefer? A rental ace, or a rental position player star?
    —————————————–
    SP

  47. jmv March 29th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, jmills!

    Please send a photo first! Don’t want to repeat colors…

  48. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    He’s a question: at the trade deadline what would you prefer? A rental ace, or a rental position player star?

    Well it really depends on the state of the team at the time, but given how the roster looks I think we’re going to need a rental position player.

  49. Chip March 29th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    The A’s have DFA’d Daric Barton – would you rather have him than Overbay?

  50. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    The pitching staff as currently assembled made one of the best runs in Yankee history last postseason, giving up hardly any runs and pitching deep into every game. Get a bat.

  51. raymagnetic March 29th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Price will come for the most $$.

    He’ll shave every hair on his body for the right amount.

  52. yankee21 March 29th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    AAO
    …True I guess the real question is will the team trading for Price ask for a window to sign him? Or does he text the market?…

    I don’t know Price but my sense is he is a guy that would test the market unless the trade partner for TB is a team with the demonstrated willingness to spend big on free agents; DET, LAA, SF, PHI, LAD or WAS all come to mind.

    With DET and LAA as league rivals to TB and with the LAD pretty well set with a front two of Kershaw and Grienke, I think the trade partners that might have the need for Price and the ability to negotiate and fund an extension with Price are limited.

  53. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    The A’s have DFA’d Daric Barton – would you rather have him than Overbay?

    Probably? Overbay has more recent success in his 40 games with Arizona, but Barton is just as good defensively if not better and is in his prime. His 2010 was pretty good.

  54. Rich in NJ March 29th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I would definitely like to add Barton to the mix.

  55. Jerkface March 29th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Orioles acquire Freddy Garcia and Scott Proctor today. I’m worried they are going to mash them up into some kind of anti-Yankee serum.

  56. Against All Odds March 29th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    @21 very well said

  57. yankee21 March 29th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    It is surprising OAK releasing Barton- what do they know?

    How do you make Barton fit on the roster though, cause I doubt he signs a miL deal and I doubt he signs onto a team without some agreement to make the big league club within a certain time frame.

    I think Overbay will do the job adequately enough provided he functions in a platoon role.
    Youkilis should play 1B against LHP.

  58. RadioKev March 29th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I meant in general, let’s say any given team, any given context. Kind of a weak hypothetical I guess, but the question just occurred to me when thinking about Price. I think just about any team would be willing to trade for Price if given the opportunity/resources. Think CC. An ace can lock down those critical remaining games.

    But yes, I agree with you Jerkface, another solid bat would do wonders. A superstar isn’t even needed, an Abreu-type would be great.

  59. Rich in NJ March 29th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I would get rid of Francisco.

  60. jmills March 29th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Ben Francisco, sucked for the Blue Jays; I didn’t like Juan Rivera either. Horrible memories, my Jays suffered!

  61. jmills March 29th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Good thing is, if Colby is a disaster, I’ve got the Gose!

  62. Rich in NJ March 29th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN 2m
    David Aardsma threw well in the Yankees camp, evaluators said; just didn’t fit roster needs of guy who could regularly work more than 1 IP.

  63. hardwired7 March 29th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Price would be such a great fit for the Yanks. Power lefty to inherit the reins eventually from CC.

    The Rays will probably go out of their way to steer him to any team other than NY.

  64. Duh Innings II March 29th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Kershaw remains in the NL for almost another decade, cool.

    Five years $180M for a 32-year old pitcher (Verlander)? Dumb.

    Price is the guy to get but I’d have to imagine he’d want at least Verlander’s contract considering he’ll be only 31 in 2016, a year younger than Verlander when Verlander’s extension begins, and he’s a AL Cy Young Award winner and ALCYA runnerup like Verlander.

    If Price wins another ALCYA or two 2013-15, he will want at least 6 years and $201M (so he makes more than Kershaw and has the highest average yearly salary ever by $5M.)

  65. Tackelberry March 30th, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Hopefully, they can trade Aardsma and get something for him rather than lose him for nothing

  66. pc March 30th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    adams resigning just shows the fans over rate the prospects much more than nyy or mlb in general, not surprising thats why they are called fans (fanatics).

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